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The crisp mornings, warm days cool nights. Leaves changing beautiful colors. Hot apple cider and the smell of homemade apple cobbler. A trip to the farm for some apple and pumpkin picking. These are just a few of my favorite things about Fall.

So what is in an apple? Most varieties of apples in the marketplace today are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, and also contain magnesium, iron, and manganese. Apples are also a fairly good source of fiber, particularly if you consume the skin along with the flesh.

The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar as recent research has shown that apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms.

The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.

Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cells from degeneration in rats and may do the same for humans. Eat the skin to get the maximum disease fighting compounds.

Apples can prevent colon cancer. When the natural fiber in apples ferments in the colon it produces chemicals that help fight the formation of cancer cells.

Apples are loaded with soluble fiber, which slows the digestion of food and the entry of glucose into the blood stream.

Apples have long been called natures toothbrush, simply bite any apple and it stimulates your gums, and the sweetness of the apple prompts an increased flow of saliva which reduces tooth decay.

Apples prevent high blood pressure

Apples are packed with fiber and water which can help you stay slim because it keeps you full longer.

Just like the saying goes ” an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”

With all the good about an apple. You need to also be careful of the pesticides that are used to protect from worms and other insects. Always wash your fruit well or preferably buy organic

Some Popular Apple Varieties:

Braeburn – These apples can be eaten as is, but are also good for cooking. They have a sweet yet tart flavor and a red blushed skin. These apples are harvested from fall to early winter.

Golden Delicious – With freckled yellow golden skins these apples are easy to pick out and since they maintain their shape well when cooked, they are often used in cooking.

Granny Smith – Harvested in October, these bright green apples have a vey tart flavor but work well in baking, cooking as well as eating.

Honeycrisp – One of the newer varieties in the market, this apple is very crisp and juicy with a balanced sweet to tart flavor.

Pink Lady (my 2nd favorite) – Another newer variety, these apples are known for their pink blushed skin and crisp, juicy flesh. These apples are good for both eating and baking.

Red Delicious – A thick red skin with distinct ridges at its base, this apple is good for eating but due to its tender flesh is not a good choice for baking.

Fuji – Originally from Japan, this variety has now become popular worldwide and has juicy, crisp flesh and high sugar content. Considered one of the best eating apples, since the flesh holds up well when heated they are also used in baking and are harvested later in the season.

McIntosh – This is one variety that is harvested earlier in the season and is either eaten fresh or used in applesauce.

Rome – Soft and round in shape, these apples are great for cooking and baking and are the perfect choice for baked whole apples.

Gala (my #1 favorite)– This apple comes from New Zealand but is also grown in the US. A medium sized apple, it has a unique yellow and red striped skin. Great for eating fresh, in salads, or also in baked goods and cooking.

Cortland – Harvested in September and October this apple is often chosen to be used in salads as its flesh is very white and is slow to turn brown.

Here is a great recipe for you.

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Apple Cobbler Recipe

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Now doesn’t this make you want to go grab some apples???? Check out the spots to go.
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