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Well and Good: An Apple a Day

Apples are one of the most common fruits in the American diet. As foodies, we can be guilty of overlooking them for more “exciting” choices like pomegranates or dragon fruit. I’m here to tell you that apples are just as exciting! With new varieties being developed all the time, you won’t easily be bored exploring the apple section here at FRESH.

Did you know that a medium apple has about four grams of fiber? This will help you stay full longer, and has even been proven to lower LDL (the bad stuff) cholesterol and stroke risk. Who knew that a little apple could pack such a powerful punch?

But that’s not all! Apples are full of antioxidants. With vitamins like A, C and E, apples are a great way to boost immunity and help keep your family healthy and well. Studies conducted over a span of 20 years showed that people who eat apples on a regular basis have less colds and seasonal sickness. That sounds good, right?

Blood sugar control is another benefit of eating apples. A compound called quercitin, found in apples, can help slow the breakdown of carbs and control blood sugar spikes.

So now that fall is here, what apples are best for baking? For pies? For dipping? Applesauce? Here’s a quick guide on picking the right apple for the job:

If you’re planning to bake a pie, the three G’s are your best bet: Golden Delicious, Gala and Granny Smith. These apples are firm, slightly sweet and hold up well during the baking process.  If it’s applesauce you’re after, McIntosh, Pippin and Fuji’s are good options. These apples are soft and sweet, allowing for great applesauce without too much added sugar.

Planning a party? If you’re looking to make an impressive appetizer, pair Red Delicious, Honeycrisp or Jonathan apples with FRESH cheese, caramel or any other dip. This is a great way to offer a healthy option that will be popular with all your guests!

One of my favorite things about fall is the wonderful fragrance of apple crisp in the oven. Spicy and sweet, this fall desert is a Southern tradition. I’ll leave you with this tried and true recipe. If you try it, stop by and let us know how it turned out!

Apple Crisp

Ingredients:
10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3/4 cup unrefined cane sugar*
1 Tbs all-purpose flour*
1 tsp cinnamon*
1/2 cup water
1 cup quick-cooking oats*
1 cup all-purpose flour*
3/4 cup packed brown sugar or turbinado*
1/4 tsp baking powder*
1/4 tsp baking soda*
1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F.

Place the sliced apples in a 9×13-inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.

Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.

Bake at 350° F for about 45 minutes.

*Ingredient may be found in the FRESH bulk department, where you can purchase ingredients in whatever amount you need!

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com