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.