An Apple a Day

Consider these intriguing tidbits about apples:

  1. An apple in your bag of potatoes will help keep the potatoes from sprouting.
  2. An apple in your brown sugar container will help to keep the sugar moist.
  3. An apple in your cookie jar will help to keep the cookies moist.
  4. Add lemon juice to an apple recipe if the apples you are using lack tartness or need flavor.
  5. If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, eat an apple. Eating a raw apple will cleanse your mouth of more than 95% of bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Although apples have been credited with causing the downfall of man in the Garden of Eden, most nutritionists today realize that apples are an important food in promoting health. One medium apple contains 80 calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrate and 5 grams of fiber. The fiber helps lower cholesterol, especially if you eat the skin of the apple. Apples also contain flavonoids, compounds that scientists believe are responsible for preventing heart disease and some types of cancer.

There are literally thousands of apple varieties to choose from. For the freshest apple, choose locally grown varieties whenever possible. The Ohio State University Extension Office offers these ideas:

For the best eating apples, try:

  • McIntosh
  • Cortland
  • Jonathan
  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious
  • Stayman Winesap
  • Melrose
  • Franklin
  • Prima

When making pie, use:

  • Cortland
  • Jonathan
  • Grimes Golden
  • Melrose
  • Rome Beauty
  • Yellow Transparent
  • McIntosh
  • Golden Delicious
  • Stayman Winesap
  • Lodi

In addition to biting into a juicy raw apple or savoring a homemade apple pie, try these delicious ideas:

  • Slice apples very thin and use in a peanut butter sandwich instead of jelly. They're also delicious in cheese sandwiches.
  • Dice apples and add to pancake batter.
  • Grate apples into coleslaw or other cold vegetable salads.
  • Dip apple wedges into vanilla yogurt or peanut butter.
  • Add diced apples to chicken or tuna salad.
  • Sprinkle chopped apples over vanilla ice cream and top with cinnamon.
  • Add chopped apples to hot breakfast cereal.
  • Mix apple slices with cinnamon and brown sugar, then microwave until warm and slightly softened for a delicious and healthy after-school treat.
  • Make a breakfast parfait by layering vanilla yogurt, granola cereal, and diced apples in a pretty glass.
  • Saute sliced Granny Smith apples with onions until soft, then use to top grilled chicken breasts.
  • Kids love to bob for apples, and they get to eat the results of their efforts!

Try these delicious easy apple recipes!

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