The Amazing Apple
Three new ways to enjoy fall's favorite fruit
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
What fruit can you count on to be fresh, crisp, and wonderful even through the dead of winter? Apples!
While bins of other fruits can look sad and dreary around this time of year, the apple section is alive with color and filled to the brim. It's no coincidence that many favorite fall dishes feature the ever-lovin' apple. Given that I try to get at least a couple of servings of fruit into my family members each day, I depend heavily on apples (and frozen berries) to carry me through until spring.
So that we don't all get too bored with this delightful tree fruit, I try to keep things interesting. One easy way to mix things up a bit is to buy different types of apples, ranging from tart, crisp pippins, and Granny Smiths to mild-tasting, darkly colored Red Delicious.
One daughter has a soft spot for Red Delicious, while I'm a tart, green apple lover myself. But to be honest, any crisp apple will do. That's my only non-negotiable apple characteristic -- that they be crisp! Soft apples in my house end up as one thing and one thing only: applesauce, which isn't the worst thing to happen to an apple.
Another way to keep apples interesting is to slice them and serve them with fruit dips, a drizzle of caramel or peanut butter, or sliced cheese. You can also bake or microwave them with spices and a little sweetener (maybe a pinch of brown sugar or a drizzle of lite pancake syrup) for a side dish or dessert.
Don't be afraid to add them to your main dish, either; apples go well with pork tenderloin and chops as well as chicken and turkey. Apples can also add texture and flavor to your stuffing and rice dishes; just make sure the diced apples you add are cooked through. And of course, there are many great other recipes involving apples -- check out three new ones below.
Apples Pack a Nutritional Punch
I'm not sure who coined the phrase, "an apple a day helps keep the doctor away," but this person was truly inspired. Population studies have linked eating apples with a reduced risk of some cancers, heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. In the lab, apples have been found to have strong antioxidant activity, to inhibit the rapid multiplication of cells, to decrease the oxidation of lipids (fats), and to lower cholesterol -- all good things.
Here are a few more tidbits gleaned from apple research:
Now, for those apple recipes ...
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions