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An Apple a Day

Enjoy the Fall Season's Freshest Pick

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  • When baking, Rome apples are recommended because they hold their shape well. You can also try Fuijis, which are sweeter, wetter, and have a spicy flavor.
  • In pies, a mix of apples is best. Include Golden Delicious for sweetness and good shape, a tart apple like Granny Smith, and some flavorful varieties like Pippin, Winesap, Crispin and Jonagold.
  • To check out the entire world of apple varieties and usage, as well as delicious recipes, click here.
  • When selecting apples look for a shiny skin. Dull appearing apples will not be as crisp or as tasty. Your apples should be firm and free of bruises and punctures. Once you bring them home, keep your apples refrigerated. Fruit bowls are beautiful, but your apples will not stay crispy for long on the countertop. In fact, they will last 10 times longer when refrigerated.

    Prepare your apple dishes just before serving to minimize browning. Protect cut apples from oxidation (which causes them to turn brown) by dipping them into a solution of one part citrus juice and three parts water.

    And if by chance your apples should become soft and mushy, don’t throw them out! Peel, core, and slice them. Place the apple slices in a microwave dish. Sprinkle lightly with some brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover and microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, until your desired degree of tenderness is achieved. Serve warm. YUMMY!

    And finally…does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Perhaps! Apples are filled with disease-fighting properties. They can help lower blood cholesterol, improve bowel functioning, and reduce your risk of stroke, prostate cancer and diabetes. So get your fill of apples this Fall, while they’re bountiful, affordable, and in-season. Warm cider, anyone?
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    Becky Hand Becky Hand
    Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

    Member Comments

    • It is the 12th of Sept. here in Virginia, and the HONEYCRISPS are at the store! Our all-time favorite - yeah!!! - 9/12/2014 7:00:27 PM
    • AZRIDERS
      Good advice on using different kinds of apples in pies. I never thought of it.

      My favorites are honey crisps and cameo. Hard to find in the stores tho. - 8/7/2014 11:06:41 AM
    • MNICETOO
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    • I'm a huge fan of the softer apples. The harder ones are almost too fibrous...But they do taste good with peanut butter. - 2/3/2014 8:00:47 PM
    • I like golden delicious, pink lady, and gala apples for snacking. I totally agree with the person who said that red delicious tastes like red mediocre! The skin is too bitter and ruins the apple for me. - 1/7/2014 12:28:35 PM
    • There are so many common apples that are not listed here. Would have liked to have seem a more comprehensive list. - 8/8/2013 5:04:05 AM
    • I love apples! I take some with me to work and they are filling too just gotta wash them real well or buy organic which is hard at times. I also am an avid fan of GoodBelly, which is a vegan and dairy free probiotic drink. I've been hooked since 2008 as soon as I heard about it. It helps with digestion, IBS issues and supports the immune system. goodbelly.com - 3/16/2013 2:37:05 PM
    • JSIEVERT
      Love Honeycrisp apples! Zestar apples also make my mouth water. But SweeTango is my new favorite. All began in my home state of Minnesota! - 1/25/2013 4:26:01 PM
    • After eating Honey Crisp and Pink Lady apples, you'll never want to eat a Red Delicious again. In my opinion, they're more like Red Mediocre. - 11/20/2012 3:27:27 PM
    • I love every variety of grown. I eat 3 or more per day. They are convenient, easy to digest and low in sugar/fat. LOVE THEM! - 11/20/2012 10:17:55 AM
    • I love apples! Although the article says to refrigerate your apples, I have found that they taste much better at room temperature. For that reason, I only put the apples we will eat the same day in my fruit basket in the morning. Then they are room temperature and ready to eat for a snack or at mealtimes. In addition, seeing them out reminds me to make them part of my nutrition planning and they make a pretty table decoration! I eat at least one apple a day. I checked out the link in the article that led me to the mention of Tammi Flynn's book "The 3 Apple A Day Book." I plan to take a look at this book. - 11/9/2012 8:26:01 AM
    • I recently got a ceramic knife from my son for a gift. I realized that it's the transferrence of metal to the fruit that causes it to turn brown. I can cut an apple with my ceramic knife and two days later that apple is still bright and ready to eat - fabulous! Now I only use a ceramic knife when cutting all of my vegetables (they cut better too!) - 10/10/2012 1:14:30 PM
    • Good to know to put those apples in the refrigerator and they will last longer. One of my goals is to eat an apple a day. Honey Crisp apples are my favorite. This was an informative article. - 10/10/2012 11:05:43 AM
    • Green apples - especially Granny Smith - will help ease the discomfort of heartburn. My favorite apple of all time is the Northern Spy from the east coast but in Califormia we can't get those. Strawberry delicious have a delicate flavor but the regular Red Delicious are a little mealy to my way of thinking. Give me a beautiful unbruised Macintosh or a Braeburn any time. The Fuji are good too but a bit pricier. - 10/8/2012 1:11:15 AM
    • Been a MAC girl all my life UNTIL I had a Honey Crisp!!! OMG THE BEST EATING APPLE EVER!!! This Vermonter loves apples!!! :-) - 9/18/2012 9:00:53 PM

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