Apple Picking Time
Apples are a favorite fall fruit for many people. Is it a year-round thing at your house?
In the Fall, there are many farms that allow you to pick your fresh fruit from the trees. Stores are active with a variety of apples with some special pricing in the right seasons. They seem to be all around and used in many restaurant’s unique seasonal recipes. You may see apple pancakes, apple salads, or apple turnovers. Using the apples as toppings on cakes or fillings for pies is very common.
What about having that apple by itself?
There are about 100 varieties of apples grown in the United States, although 90% of the production is approximately 15 kinds of apples. Red Delicious is the most popular of the apples. You may also see Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, and MacIntosh. There are also other varieties not as easily found like Pink Lady, Roxbury Russet, Pippin, and several hybrid versions that combine some of these varieties.
Apples help with regulation and gut health. This is because the fruit is full of fiber that helps produce fatty acids that help with colon health.
Some doctors say 2 medium apples a day help to lower bad cholesterol over 6 months. The fiber is also beneficial to weight loss.
Many athletes use an apple for a pre or post-workout snack. You may find them adding them to a protein smoothie or with some nuts.
Apples could be the secret weapon that increases your overall workout endurance and helps limit your recovery time.
How about adding apples to the shopping list?