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An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
Studies have shown that regular apple-eating helps reduce the risk of strokes. Apples are rich in boron, which helps prevent osteoporosis, and they have a low glycemic index, which means that they do not cause a steep rise in blood sugar and therefore can be eaten safely by diabetics.
Apples are also rich in a type of fiber called pectin, which requires a cautionary note. Studies of rats on diets high in raw pectin show pathological changes to the villi of the small intestine. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but lots of raw apples can cause digestive problems.
In 2013 apples topped the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen™ list of most pesticide-contaminated produce. For this reason, it is important to choose organic apples.
So Many Choices…
If you buy several bushels of apples to make your own applesauce or even if you just buy a couple of apples to make a delicious apple pie, the type of apple you buy matters. The problem is that there are hundreds of different types of apples from which to choose! How do you decide what type to buy?
Maybe your pie recipe calls for a certain type of apple, but is it the best apple for a pie? If you use Granny Smith apples, you may need to add loads of sugar to your filling, but if you use a sweeter apple, not as much sugar would be required.
A couple of my friends suggested using a mix of different apples to make applesauce. It requires some experimenting, but if you know what apples work best for applesauce, you couldn't go wrong!
Apples Best For…
Pies: Baldwin, Cameo, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Idared, Jonathan, Rome Beauty
Baking: Baldwin, Cameo, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Jonagold, Jonathan, Rome Beauty
Sauce: Cameo, Cortland, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Idared, Jonagold, McIntosh, Pink Lady, Rome Beauty, Stayman
Juice: Honey Crisp
The best apple all around is Honey Crisp. It works great for any purpose.
Apples To Avoid
McIntosh apples do not work well in pies or for baking, and Red Delicious are only great for eating raw.
Now, if you are still mourning the end of summer, here is the perfect treat to help your transition to fall.