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Going Bananas over Apples

Going Bananas over Apples  09/06/19Earlier this week I picked apples from the tree in my yard.  Of course I made an apple crisp for my family, and I also brought a couple of bags of apples to work with me so I could offer them to the workers in the various offices in the building.  

My friend, Barb, told me she had harvested all the apples on her tree over the weekend and already has them frozen to enjoy this winter.  She’s one step ahead of me.  My tree is heavy laden with apples again this year, so I have some work to do!

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” as the saying goes.  And there’s truth to it!  Researchers have shown that apples are good for your health. They also provide taste, texture and color in your diet. Apples have been found to help with weight maintenance or weight loss, and blood glucose control.  They may reduce the risk for heart disease, cancer and some behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

One apple contains 5 grams of fiber. The skin provides the majority of the fiber content. Eating a fresh apple with the peel intact is what will give you the maximum health benefit.

A medium apple contains about 80 calories and is fat-, sodium- and cholesterol free. Apples also provide vitamins C and A.

Fresh apples will turn brown when cut and exposed to air. If you are planning to serve sliced apples, add a few drops of lemon juice to slow the discoloration. Apples can be stored at room temperature for a few days, but if kept longer, they should be refrigerated. Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.

To learn more about apples, see the North Dakota State University Extension Service publication “From Orchard to Table: Apples!” at www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/food-nutrition/from-orchard-to-table-apples/fn1847.pdf.

For more information about avariety of specialty crops, including apples, visit NDSU Extension’s Field to Fork website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/fieldtofork.

Recipes for Apple Nachos, Slow Cooker Apple Crisp, Microwave Apple Crisp for One, and other great apple foods are available from NDSU Extension at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food/recipes.

Source:  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/fieldtofork/choose-your-crop/releases/apples-good-for-your-health

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