My kids have grown up with a bowl of apples on the table. Everyday when they whine about being huuuuunnnggggrryyyyyyy, that they want a ssnnnnnnaaaaackkkk, I point them toward the bowl and tell them to help themselves. And they do. My kids love apples of all kinds. When we shop, they each get their pick of apples, and we enjoy trying varieties we’ve never tried before. Typically we eat them whole, but occasionally I’ll pull out the jar of peanut butter (yum), and sometimes I’ll make apple sandwiches or salads. Once I even made candied apples (a mess, but yummy). Recently I made this yummy Apple Cinnamon Dessert Pizza, and it was a huge hit!
It’s apple season and did you know you that apples are grown in every state in the continental United States? And in most areas, you can even find a ‘pick your own’ orchard? Apple picking season starts in August and goes through October, and you check out PickYourOwn.org for a state-by-state list of apple orchards in your area.
Fun Apple Facts
- The average person eats 65 apples a year.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- The only apple native to North America is the crabapple.
- Apples are grown in every state in the continental United States.
- Archaeologists have evidence of people eating apples as far back as 6500 B.C.
- Apple’s soluble fiber is found in the skin.
- Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
- You can find a great list of apple varieties here.
Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated. For home storage, most varieties of apple can be held for approximately two weeks when kept at the coolest part of the refrigerator (35-50 degrees). Some types, including the Granny Smith and Fuji, can be stored up to a year without significant degradation.
Health Benefits of Apples
You’ve heard it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. People have been touting the benefits of apples since medieval times, and it’s true that while apples might not be as flashy as some of the new super-fruits like goji berries, it still packs a powerful, budget-friendly punch.
- 4 grams of fiber and 95 calories per apple, counting as 1 serving of fruit
- lowers risk of heart disease
- aids in the prevention of dementia
- decreases bad cholesterol levels
- decreases lung, colon, and prostate cancer risk
- can aid in weight loss’
- can increase exercise endurance