- Apples can be found in store year-round, with peak season being August to April
Health Benefits of Apples:
- Research suggests that powerful antioxidants in apples play an essential role in reducing the risks of certain diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
- One medium-sized apple contains about 4g of dietary fiber and 14% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C.
- Apples can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
How to Select Apples:
- Select apples that are firm to the touch when lightly pressed. Avoid apples that are noticeably soft, discolored, or indent easily after you press the skin.
- Avoid apples with signs of bruising or decay.
How to Store Apples:
- Store unwashed apples in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Avoid placing apples near strong-smelling foods, such as onions or garlic, since apples can easily take of the odor of other foods.
How to Prepare Apples:
- Always wash apples before eating, even if you do not intend to eat the skin.
- Apples can be eaten whole, or sliced and chopped for snacking or cooking.
Fun Facts About Apples:
- The first America orchard was planted around 1625 on Beacon Hill in Boston, MA.
- Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- The science of apple growing is called pomology.