While this verse isn’t repeated in doctors offices any more, it is a step in the right direction. Apples are low in calories (a medium-sized one has 81), a ready-made mouth freshener, delicious, and easy to carry in your lunch bag.
Colonists brought apple seeds with them to America, and apple cider was a common product. Today, Michigan, Washington and New York lead the nation in apple production.
Apples are a good source of fiber – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in pectin and helps prevent build up in the arteries; insoluble fiber provides bulk in the digestive tract.
It is a good idea to eat an apple with the skin still intact. Half of the Vitamin C in the apple lies right under the skin, so if your apple is peeled, you miss out! Eating the skin also doubles the fiber.
Although there are hundreds of varieties of apples, most of us have our favorites and never try the newer varieties.
Of course, we are all familiar with the Red Delicious and Granny Smith types, but be adventuresome and try some others varieties. Honeycrisp are excellent for eating with their crisp, dense, juicy flesh. Galas are sweet and firm, while Jonagolds are good for making pies. Jonagolds’ parent, Jonathan, is a favorite for pies and applesauce. One of the oldest apples, Norther Spies, is for pies, while Cortland is used for eating and in salads and sauce.
Always wash apples thoroughly before eating or slicing. They keep best when in some sort of cold storage; otherwise, they get soft and mushy and turn brown. Apple seeds should not be eaten for they contain traces of cyanide.
It is best to purchase apples from local orchards, you-pick farms or farmers markets, where you know the fruits have recently been gathered and do not contain wax or paraffin to preserve them longer.
On the Southside we have Adrian, Anderson, Apple Works, Tuttle and Whiteland orchards. A newer, smaller one named Fletch’s Apple Lane has opened in Franklin Township. Call 862-3195 for availability of apples and directions.
“By all these lovely tokens, October days are here. With
summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
– James Thomas, 1730