This time of year apples are in abundance. Taking a bite out of a fresh, juicy apple is always a great idea, but there is so much more you can do with apples! Take advantage of their great price and peak ripeness this month and try something new.
You have probably heard the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Whether or not that saying holds any truth, it is still a great idea to eat apples. Apples are low in calories and high in fiber. They are a great source of vitamin C, may decrease bad cholesterol, boost your immune system, and help fight cancer.
There are thousands of apple varieties in the world. They come in shades of red, yellow, and green. The most popular varieties here in Utah are Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Red Delicious, and Fuji. Grocery stores often carry even more varieties such as Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Braeburn, McIntosh, and Pink Lady. These varieties can be broken down into three main categories: eating apples, cooking apples, and all-purpose apples.
Eating apples are those best for eating fresh. Fuji, Gala, and Red Delicious varieties fall into this category because they lose their flavor and turn to mush when cooked.
Cooking apples hold their shape better in heat, thus are best for cooking. Golden Delicious and Granny Smith fit into this category.
Braeburn, Jonagold, McIntosh, and Pink lady fit into the all-purpose apple category. They are great eaten plain, but work okay for cooking, too.
Next time you are shopping your local Farmers Market or grocery store, pick up a few apple varieties and give one of these Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Apples a whirl. You can find recipes and videos below, including Slow Cooker Applesauce.
Certified Nutrition Education Assistant