We all know the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but why have apples always been such an important part of a healthy balanced diet?
Apples are an antioxidant powerhouse with a greater antioxidant capacity than half a punnet of blueberries, a cup of strawberries or an orange. They are a great snack on the go and can even literally help you breathe easy and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Apples keep their crispness, stay fresher longer and of course are cooler and more delicious when kept under refrigeration, especially during the warmer months.
Good quality product will be firm with smooth, clean skin. Avoid fruit with any bruises or blemishes, which will result in decay spots. Flavour depends on maturity. If picked immature, there will be less colour and flavour. Over-mature fruit will be mealy and lack the crunch of a firm apple.
Tart varieties (high or medium acid) with a firm texture are best for cooking. Less acidic, sweeter varieties are generally are preferred for platters, fruit salads and fresh eating.
Apples are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and the mineral, potassium. 200kJ/100g.
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