The Apple Of My Eye

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Apples. I’ve recently taken a shine to apples, and I want to share my favorite apple with you.

A couple of years ago, during a post-stress test meeting with a cardiologist (who found nothing wrong with me, by the way!), he mentioned that he ate two apples a day. Feeling inspired to adopt some pro-active healthy changes to my lifestyle, I headed to the grocery store, on the hunt for the perfect apple.

I started my apple pickin’ quest with the most popular apples – Red Delicious, Honey Crisp, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Fuji and Cortland. I also tried Macoun, Pink Lady and Empire. Not all at once, mind you; but with each trip to the grocery store, I picked up a new variety to try.

Wondering just how many varieties of apples there were, I googled and found a lot of apple info HERE.

• There are 2,500 varieties grown in the United States, of which 100 varieties are grown commercially in 36 states.

• There are 7,500 varieties grown throughout the world.

• Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.

• A medium apple has just 80 calories.

• Apples are great sources of pectin (natural fiber).

• The science of apple growing is called pomology.

• The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

• Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.

• The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.

• Apples are a member of the rose family.

Of the many varieties I’ve tried, Red Delicious was my favorite…that is, until a recent trip to Aldi, when I picked up a two-pound bag of SnapDragon apples. I had never heard of them before, but am I glad I gave them a try!

After one bite, I was head over heels for the sweet, juicy flavor of this versatile apple and the satisfying crunch it packed. I’ve enjoyed Snaps as a healthy snack, in oatmeal and sliced and diced in salads. These beauties contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol, provide a healthy dose of fiber, and their naturally ambrosial taste satiates my sweet teeth.

One of my favorite salad recipes features Snaps, spinach, walnuts and chicken. I didn’t make the salad dressing in the recipe, and instead used bottled raspberry vinaigrette.

What’s your favorite variety of apple and your favorite apple recipe?

Drop me a line in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

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3 thoughts on “The Apple Of My Eye

  1. Ryb Katz says:

    My new favorite: Opals. They taste almost like an amalgam of apples and pears and have a slightly speckled appearance, yellowish-green. Before then, it was Pacific Rose—but they are hard to find. A perfect combo of crunch and sweetness. So fun to discover new varieties! Thanks for this column. Love your take on foods.

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    • Kathleen M. Pulek says:

      Hi Ryb – I’ll have to be on the lookout for Opals (love your description) and Pacific Rose. Thank you for the recommendations. You’re so right – it is fun to discover new varieties – wonder if I can put trying all 100 apple varieties grown commercially in the United States on my bucket list…and you’re so right – crunch and sweetness is the perfect combination – always a winner with me!

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      • Ryb Katz says:

        I think putting all apple varieties on your bucket list is a great strategy. Not only will you enjoy wending your way through all those tasty treats, but it will involve traveling many of these 50 states and you’ll have to endeavor to live forever as the keep coming up with new cultivars!! 😊😋😜

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