An apple for every taste
There is an apple variety for every taste and use. Some are sweet, some tart, but all are best when they’re fresh from the tree. As they ripen, apples become softer and sweeter because of the formation of natural sugars. The outstanding qualities and uses of the varieties which make up the bulk of NC’s production are listed below.
- Red Delicious is the world’s most widely planted apple. It has a thin bright red skin with a mildly flavored fine-grained white flesh. Excellent for eating fresh as a snack or in salads.
- Rome Beauty is the ultimate baking and cooking apple and yet it is also good for fresh eating. It is a very smooth red apple with a slightly juicy flesh. The flavor of this variety grows richer when baked in your favorite recipe.
- Golden Delicious is an apple with firm white flesh which retains its shape and rich mellow flavor when baked or cooked. The skin is so tender that it does not require peeling for most recipes. This apple is one that will stay white longer when cut and therefore is great for salads.
- Stayman apples have a juicy cream-colored to yellowish flesh with a tart wine-like flavor. They hold up well in storage and are often used as cooking and cider apples as well for fresh snacks.
- Granny Smith apples have a mouthwatering tartness. They are distinguished by a bright green appearance, crisp bite and sour apple flavor. Flavor is pronounced when baked and the texture is known for holding up well.
- Gala apples are usually medium to smaller in size with a distinctive red and yellow striped heart-shaped appearance. They have a noticeably sweet flavor and aroma and are excellent for kids as a snack.
- Jonagold is a large newer variety with a rich full tangy sweet flavor. The color is an attractive orange-red with light striping over a yellow background. It is juicy and crunchy and is becoming one of the world’s most preferred eating apples.
- Gingergold is a medium to large early maturing apple with a cream-colored flesh and mildly sweet flavor. Appearance is similar to a Golden Delicious with an orange blush.
- Fuji is a newer variety apple with exceptionally sweet flavor. It is becoming a favorite for both fresh eating and desserts. The appearance of this apple is yellow-green with red highlights but people recognize it not for the way it looks but how it tastes. Known for holding up well in storage.
- Crispin/Mutsu apples are light green to yellowish white in appearance. This juicy apple has a sweet, rich, full flavor. Its texture is firm and very dense. Crunchier and tarter than Golden Delicious.
- Goldrush apples have a unique rich spicy flavor with a firm texture. These apples hold up very well in storage.
- Honeycrisp apples are exceptionally crisp and juicy with a well-balanced flavor and good storage life.
- Empire is a McIntosh type apple with longer shelf life and better color and flavor. Aromatic and crisp with creamy white juicy flesh.
- Pink Lady is one of the newest apples on the market with a crisp sweet/tart flavor. This is a very attractive medium sized apple with a pink blush over yellow undertone.
Apples are one of the most popular and widely available fruits. They are a key member of the fruit and vegetable food group, the importance of which is emphasized by nutritionists.
While apples are not a major source of any one specific nutrient, they contain modest amounts of a number of the important nutrients. The relatively high potassium and low sodium ratio in apples is also significant in some cardiac and renal problems as well as in the diets for overweight persons.
Apples: Take a healthy bite
Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly are the keys to good health. Eating at least two cups of fruit each day will help get you and your family on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
And apples, in all their flavorful varieties, fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100 percent juice, prove that what’s good for you can taste good too.
Core facts and apple nutrition
- Apples don’t have fat, cholesterol or sodium, a plus for maintaining heart health.
- Apples do have lots of fiber—both soluble and insoluble kinds.
- Apples help maintain a healthy weight, providing just 80 calories per serving.
What ‘nutrition facts’ don’t tell you
- Apples are a healthy source of anti-oxidants, which help maintain normal cell function by protecting against free radical damage.
- Including apples in a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Easy ways to add apples to your day
- Stir some apple slices in your hot or cold breakfast cereal.
- Garnish a green salad with diced apple cubes for color and flavor—not to mention great nutrition.
- Snack on an apple for an afternoon energy boost—try a different variety every day of the week.
- Serve a side dish of applesauce with lunch or dinner.
- Quench your thirst with an apple juice spritzer—mix 100% apple juice with equal parts of seltzer water with ice.
- Substitute applesauce for oil in some baked goods to cut fat and calories.
What counts as a single serving?
- 1 medium apple (about the size of a tennis ball)
- 1/2 cup chopped, cooked or canned apple
- 4 ounces of 100% apple juice
- 1/2 cup applesauce
To peel or not to peel?
Actually, there’s no question here—whenever possible, don’t peel that apple. Two-thirds of the fiber, and many of the antioxidants, are found in an apple’s peel. Be sure to wash apples before eating.
All the juice and nothing but the juice
Juices that contain less than 100 percent apple juice will be called “juice beverages,” “juice cocktails” or juice drinks.” A 4 oz. serving of 100 percent apple juice counts as one USDA Dietary Guideline serving of fruit.
Apples – Five a day!
The proverbial “apple a day” has long been described as a food that helps “keep the doctor away.” Apples and apple products contribute phytonutrients to the diet, compounds found naturally in plants, fruits and vegetables that help make apples good for you. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake is the most important step Americans can take to make healthy food choices and achieve better health.