If you recall, one of the apple varieties we picked up while away was called "Winter Banana". Above the large bin they were in was a sign that read "Great for drying. Sweet drying apple." Or something similar.
Last year, we dried Granny Smith apples. They dried great, thanks in part to friends who lent us a dryer (thank you, Shannon!) and a corer/peeler/slicer (thank you, Carmen!). We chose Granny Smiths because we heard they dried quickly since they are a drier apple. Makes sense. Problem was, our kids thought they were a bit sour so Jamey and I (happily) gobbled them up.
When I read the sign above the Winter Banana variety, I thought all my stars had aligned. And, after drying a basket, I still think they have.
For Christmas, I was gifted a food dryer from Jamey's parents and this past spring I hosted a Pampered Chef party to help out a friend AND to earn a potato/apple corer/peeler/slicer (both pictured above). Yes, indeed. This contraption peels, slices and cores your apples for you. Can you hear the angels singing?
We netted about 7 quarts of dried apples from that basket. They taste great. They are definitely sweeter than Granny Smiths, but still have a little zing. They brown very quickly once sliced. If this bothers you, soak them in a water/lemon juice solution until you are ready to place them in the drier to prevent browning.