The fall season is when apples are at their best. If you’ve only relied on store-bought apples and haven’t eaten an apple from a nearby orchard, you are missing out. In fact, you may not realize how delicious apples really are! A wonderful family outing in the fall is to visit an apple orchard. It’s fun to pick apples, and many farms also make and sell apple cider and have activities families can enjoy. If you’re not near an orchard, check local farmers markets for apples.
Red Delicious is the most common apple sold in grocery stores, and the flavor is usually lackluster. Try some other varieties such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, Jonagold, Rome or Fuji.
Apples are a great grab-and-go snack. When you eat one, you know you’re doing your body good. They are low in fat and calories. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants, both of which may protect against a variety of chronic diseases. Eat the whole fruit including the skin for maximum health benefits.
Apples are quite versatile and are a good-for-you snack.
- Wash and eat them raw.
- Slice and spread with peanut butter.
- Slice and pair with cheese and nuts.
- Spread a whole-wheat tortilla with peanut butter, layer with apple slices and roll it up for a breakfast or lunch sandwich.
- Toss apple slices or chunks on a salad.
- Bake apples for a tasty dessert.
- Make a salad with sliced apples, celery, red onions and vinaigrette.
- Bake an apple crumble or crisp with an oatmeal topping for a healthier option than pie.
When eating seasonally, fall is the time to stock up on this delicious fruit!