It’s apple season folks, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. First of all – how fun is apple picking?! I mean, there are few ways to better spend an autumn afternoon than by donning a flannel and plucking through an orchard in search of the perfect fruit.
Besides being fun to collect and tasty to snack on, apples are nutritionally awesome too. They’re loaded with fiber and cold busting vitamin C - so an apple a day may actually keep the doctor away! BUT remember that like many fruits and veggies, at least half of the nutrients reside in the skin. So keep it on!
Yes, apples are full of good-for-you stuff, but unfortunately they come with a warning… Apples rank at the very top of the Dirty Dozen list year after year – dubbing them the most contaminated fruit on our shelves. This is largely due to a super chemical called diphenylamine, or DPA, used to keep our apples shiny and spot free during storage and shipment. DPA is so toxic that it’s been banned throughout the entire EU, yet the US continues to pile it on. So always try to buy organic apples if available. And if you can’t, at least pick up a bottle of fruit and veggie wash and spend a few moments to spray away pesticides and yucky wax coating.
A day in an orchard usually yields more apples than you’d buy at Whole Foods in a year. So, once you’ve gathered the goods the question becomes “what do I do with all these apples?!” The good news is that apples last 3-4 weeks when stored in the fridge. But if you tire of snacking on them raw and want some easy ways to get your apple-a-day fix: look no further!
Click below for 3 super simple recipes to serve with every meal, stash in your pantry and give to your friends!