How many ways can you eat an apple? Twenty at least. Here are some ideas for using all those gorgeous varieties hitting the market now.

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Our neighborhood market is teeming with apples.

Gala, McIntosh, Empire and Golden. Honey Crisps, Granny Smiths, Fuji and Red Delicious. All from local farms and orchards.

They won’t last long. By the end of the month, we’ll be scraping the bottom of the farmstand barrel, and I’ll be lucky to find an apple that isn’t mealy. So how can I make the most of fall’s fleeting apple season?

Here are 20 ways:

salad1. Put ’em in a salad: Try pairing chunks of crunchy apples with bitter endive or chicory, creamy blue cheese and sweet candied walnuts or pecans.

2. Put ’em in a slaw: Julienne apple slices and toss them with thinly sliced fennel and celery. Spoon on a dressing of olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

3. Make apple sauce: Roast apple chunks at 400 degrees in a baking dish with the juice of an orange, a couple tablespoons…

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