All About: Apples

It’s my favorite season of the year. Fall. I love the leaves falling, the cool crisp air, and the fun activity of apple picking. Apples are at their peak in the fall. The season of apples run from late August through November. This is when they will taste the best and local Farmer’s markets will be overflowing with their supply.

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I know you’ve heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. That saying does have truth behind it because apples do provide many health benefits that help our bodies stay healthy and essentially keeping the doctor away.

 

Health benefits of apples include:

  • Helps satisfy hunger with fewer calories (about 95 calories per medium apple) and can helps promote weight loss. Swap out the chips and grab an apple.
  • Soluble fiber (4 grams per 1 medium apple)
  • Helps lower cholesterol. Apples have pectin (a type of soluble fiber) that has been linked to lower levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol.
  • Provides immune boosting Vitamin C
  • Linked with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes because of a class of antioxidants, anthocyanins, that are responsible for red, purple, and blue colors in fruits and veggies.
  • Can improve exercise endurance. Eat an apple before you workout. They deliver an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.

 

 

When Buying:

Look for firm, heavy apples that are bright colored and crisp.

Avoid apples that are bruised and have damaged skin.

How to Store:

Store in a cool dry place.

For longer freshness, store in a crisper drawer (or a plastic bag) in the refrigerator.

Apples can be stored up to a month in the fridge.

* Quick tip: Remove apples that are over-ripe because they will cause others to ripen more quickly.

Best Ways to Use:

There are many apple varieties and all have different properties. Some are firmer, sweeter, crunchier, etc. For baking, chef’s use firmer and tart apples to hold their structure in the baking process and to contrast well with sugar.

Best for baking:

Spy gold, Spartan, Pink Lady, Northern Spy, Mutsu, Jonathan, Jonagold, Honeygold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Gold Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Empire, Cortland, Baldwin, Braeburn, Rome Beauty, Pippin, Winesap, Gravenstein

Best for Applesauce:

Spartan, Pink Lady, Northern Spy, Mutsu, McIntosh, Jonathan, Jonagold, Honeygold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Cortland, Braeburn, Rome Beauty, Pippin, Winesap, Gravenstein

Best for Pies:

Spy Gold, Spartan, Pink Lady, Northern Spy, Mutsu, Jonathan, Jonagold, Honeygold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Empire, Cortland, Braeburn, Rome Beauty, Pippin, Winesap, Gravenstein

Best Eaten Fresh:

Spy Gold, Spartan, Red Delicious, Pink Lady, Mutsu, McIntosh, Jonathan, Jonagold, Honeygold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Empire, Cortland, Braeburn, Pippin, Winesap, Gravenstein

Best for Drying:

Spartan, Jonathan, Honeygold, Honeycrisp, Gala, Empire

 

 

 

** Haven’t heard of some of these kinds of apples? Click here to see a whole directory of all kinds of apples.

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Question:
What is your favorite apple?
Mine is definitely honeycrisp!!!  

 
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2 responses to “All About: Apples

  1. Gotta love Golden Delicious! 😀 Always crisp, mmmm 😀 I usually get more hungry after I eat an apple though, and get a “rodent-stomach” – which is what I call the whole getting hungry after eating state 😛 Haha! Love adding apples to porridge though, then it never fails to fill me up 🙂 Hope you have a lovely weekend! 🙂 x

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