An Apple A Day…you may want to try it!

Apples



Here in the U.S., we commercially grow about 100 varieties of apples with 15 varieties making up most of what’s produced, according to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and each variety has a unique flavor and nutrient profile (1).


Popular varieties include the Fuji which is firm and sweet, the Honeycrisp developed by the University of Minnesota is juicy and sweet, the Gala which was brought to the U.S. in the early 1970s is crisp, juicy, and very sweet, the Red Delicious perhaps the most widely recognized is also crisp, juicy, and sweet, the Granny Smith, discovered in the 1800s, has green skin and a tart flavor, and the McIntosh is an older variety that is juicy, tangy, and tart (2).


As one of the most popular fruits, apples are easy to store and transport because they come in their very own package!


So what’s so great about apples?


When it comes to apples we could talk about the nutrient content, and the fact that apples contain essential nutrients like vitamins C and K, minerals like potassium and manganese, as well as some B vitamins that the body needs each day (3) (