Apples – The Perfect Fall Food!

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One of my favorite newsletters comes from an online foodie directory called Food411. Their most recent edition was all about apples! Check out some of this great apple-y info from Food411:

Apple FYI:

  • Fall is here and so are the apples! Apples are in season from late summer to early winter. Many varieties are available year round because they have been in cold storage or imported.
  • There are about 2,500 known varieties of apples grown in the US. The top states that grow apples are, WA, NY, MI, CA, PA, & VA. Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the U.S..
  • On average in U.S., we eat about 19 pounds of fresh apples a year — which amounts to only one apple per week. Of course eating one fresh apple is always good for you, but to get the full nutritional benefits you should eat at least one fresh apple every day.
  • Apples are wonderful for hydration. They are made up of approximately 83% water. The average small apple has only 60 calories. Approximately, 15% of an apple consists of carbohydrates from sugar and fiber. It is important to remember that this is natural, unprocessed sugar that will not cause the blood sugar spikes as refined white sugar can.
  • Fiber is perhaps the most important nutrient that apples provide. A small apple contains approximately 3 to 5 grams of fiber. However, most of the fiber is located in the frui! t’s skin. So, peeling an apple will remove most of this important nutrient. Remember, fiber fills you up, along with an apple’s high water content – making the apple a filling, healthy snack.
  • Many recent studies show apples may provide a “whole-body” health benefit. Lower blood cholesterol, improved bowel function, reduced risk of stroke, prostate cancer, type II diabetes and asthma and a potential decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. In addition to fiber, apples are loaded with antioxidants that are associated with lowering bad cholesterol levels. Apples also contain flavonoids and phytochemicals that may help protect organs like the lungs and colon. They are also a good source of boron, which is associated with improved bone density and a stronger heart. Apples also protect the heart by their high folic acid content.
  • Nutritionally, whole apples are a much better choice than apple juice. Whole apples are richer in fiber and the process of juicing seem to reduce the nutrient concentrations found in the whole fruit
  • Dentists also promote eating apples as a method of preventing tooth decay. Apples have nutrients known as tannins that can protect against plaque and gum disease. Also, eating a water-rich, solid fruit can help clean away bacteria from teeth. Chewing an apple helps stimulate the production of saliva. Saliva kills bacteria and helps prevent tooth decay.

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Apple Tips & Tricks:

  • Choose organically grown apples whenever possible to avoid peeling the skin. Eat apples unpeeled. Two-thirds of the fiber and most antioxidants are found in the peel.
  • Buy apples that are bruise-free and firm to the touch. Bruised apples can decay quickly. “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch”!
  • Unbruised apples, handled and stored well, have a storage life of 90 days, and often more!
  • Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.
  • Apples are sometimes called “nature’s toothbrush,” They help clean the teeth and massage the gums.
  • Apples float because 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air.
  • Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated. For optimal storage, apples should be kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. (Storing them in a plastic bag prevents the ripening of other produce items nearby.)
  • It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
  • To aid in the prevention of browning peeled apples, place in a mixture of 50/50 water and lemon juice
  • Add diced apples to fruit or green salads.
  • Make a quick apple salsa for use over chicken or pork. Diced apples, chopped pepper, onions and lime juice – salt/pepper to taste.
  • Sliced apples and peanut butter make a perfect snack.
  • Sliced apples (either alone or with other fruits) and cheese make an ideal dessert
  • Use Honeycrisp, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Gala, Newtown Pippin and Granny Smith apples for pies and other desserts.
  • Use Newton Pippin and Granny Smith varieties, which are more tart, in savory dishes.
  • Jonathans are good for making applesauce because they are tart, yet sweet.

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Some of my favorite apple recipes:

Megan’s Maple Apple Crisp

Apple-Basil-Chicken Salad

Marathon Runner’s Apple Cake

Caramel-Apple Butter-Oat Bars

Take this Apple personality Test: What does your fav variety say about you?

  • Heather

    Mmmm! I love fall for the apples! Honeycrisp and/or Pink Ladies are my faves, especially with some nice cheese…

    H =)

  • YUM! I’ve been eating multiple apples every day and I love it!!

  • Wow there’s a lot to know on apples!

    Red Delicious
    You are traditional and loyal. If there is something you like, you stick with it. You have a bushel of friends.

  • Nothing makes me happier than reading a glowing endorsement of a food I consume daily. Just makes me feel good all over.

  • Lizzy

    i LOVE apples and probably eat one every day! my favorite fall recipe is apple crisp! yum yum!

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  • i love apples! i am off to take the test!

  • i think i am a gala/empire blend 🙂

  • I love apples, especially in the fall! Nothing tastes better than an apple right off the tree.

  • mmm honey crisp apples = my fave.

    And just cutting an apple..sprinkling it with oats, brown sugar and cinnamon and baking it! yum yum!

  • Shady

    Long time reader. First time commenter (I think). I’m about to try out your chili recipe that you posted the other day and thought I’d take the time to reccomend Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero as the most amazing veggie cook book I’ve ever used. It’s actually vegan but the recipes use simple, easy to find ingredients and are so yummy.

    As well a suggestion. So you don’t have to eat something everyday for a week, you can freeze it in muffin trays and after frozen, put them into freezer bags. You can than take out one or two ‘muffins’ depending on how hungry you and and your freezer isn’t full of tupperware containers. I do this with soup, chilli, curry (with the cooked brown rice on the bottom), pasta sauces and it works great!

  • Freezing leftovers in muffin tins in brilliant! Thank you for the suggestion! I just froze my last serving of veggie chili…I was getting burnt out 🙂

    I actually have Veganomicon cookbook and I love it! The authors have such great tips on purchasing and preparing veggies, grains, etc.

  • Ooh, I loved the apple tips! I just went to a local farm this weekend and picked up a ton of apples! Some for eating and some for APPLE CRISP!