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Enjoy Apples while they are in Season

A Taste

For Nutrition

By Kimberly Fox, Extension Agent

Family Nutrition Program/Family and Consumer Science


Enjoy Apples while they are in Season

Even though most grocery stores carry apples year round, the fall is the best time of year eat apples because they tend to be more flavorful.  Oftentimes, grocery stores will also carry more varieties, and they may even be lower in price.  Nutritionally, they are the same throughout the year.  If you are lucky enough to have apple trees in your yard, now is a great time of year to enjoy as many apples as you can. 

If you do happen to have your own supply of apples, chances are, and you will not be able to eat them all.  The options are truly endless as to what can be made with apples.  From applesauce to apple spice hummus to apple butter to apple crisp, you could probably be cooking and baking for days. 

Apples do not just taste good, though.  They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber and have less than 100 calories making them great for your health as well.  Apples also are a good source of disease fighting antioxidants.

In addition, research has shown that consumption of fruits such as apples and pears can reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.  It has also been show that foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as apples, help to protect lungs from environmental stressors such as cigarette smoke. 

Be sure not to miss out on apple season and make something delicious for you and your family.  If you are feeling completely overwhelmed with the amount of apples on your trees, freezing is always a quick and reliable option.

Here is a recipe for warm cinnamon apples.  Enjoy!

Warm Cinnamon Apples


  • 5 apples
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice

Directions: Core and chop apples into medium bite-sized pieces (you do not need to peel the apples). Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped apples and remaining ingredients. When mixture boils, stir and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired tenderness has been reached. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Makes 4 servings.  Each serving contains 200 calories, 6 grams fat, 0 milligrams of sodium, 39 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.


  • NDSU Extension Service, From Orchard to Table: Apples! May 2017
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