Apple - our Fruit of the Month
The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has a long history for a reason.Apples are little balls of greatness when it comes to the various benefits they have for our diets and health. And more than that, they are extremely versatile when it comes to adverterous culinary pursuits and they a the perfect addition to cereals and breakfast.
There are more than 7,500 cultivars of apples. Some of the most popular include: Europe top apple sales varieties: 1. Ligol apple 2. Morgenduft apple 3. Idared apple 4. Granny apple. 18% of apples are organic. European top origins: 1. Italy 2. Poland 3. Hungary 4. Austria. In Russia they use Qinguan (Chinese origin) US: 1. Fuji 2. Crispin. (US origin)
Apple trees were cultivated as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. The different cultivars of apples come with a wide range of characteristics, including various sizes, colors, textures and of course tastes.
Apples are more than just delicious. They are packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants, which are essential to overall wellness.
With just 50 calories per 3.5 oz. (100g), apples are very low in calories and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol, but they are high in fiber. Apples contain lots of vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin B6, as well as numerous minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.
Top 7 Health Benefits
- Dental benefits: The body’s production of saliva is stimulated by chewing apples, which reduces tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
- Reducing cancer risks: The American Association for Cancer Research, Cornell University and the National Cancer Institute in the US stated that regular consumption of apples might reduce the risk for certain kinds of cancer.
- Diabetes prevention: Women in particular who eat apples are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes; this is credited to the soluble fiber (manages blood sugar swings).
- Balance your cholesterol: The fiber in apples also binds with fats in the body’s intestinal tract, which also leads to a lower cholesterol level.
- Steady digestion: Once again, the fiber is the reason why apples are a good way to balance the body’s digestive system.
- Weight management: Doctors usually recommend a high-fiber diet. Apples can reduce hunger without the need to consume too many calories.
- Boosting the immune system: Red apples contain a certain kind of antioxidant that has recently been found to reduce stress symptoms and also help the overall immune system.
P.S. Did you know?
- In China, the word for apples is pronounced “ping,” which also means “peace.”
- Apples are 25% air, which is why they float in water.
- The world’s largest apple peel was 172 feet 4 inches long. (Source: Guinness World Records)
- Most apples are still picked by hand.
- Apples are the second most valuable fruit grown in the United States; oranges are the first. (Source: USDA Economic Research Service)
- Apples ripen up to 10 times faster when you leave them out and don’t refrigerate them.
For You - A Global Presence! Fruit preparations with apples are high in demand in many countries of the world, especially in combination with cereals & breakfast. Sourcing the right kind of apples for each fruit preparation for our customers is one of our top priorities at AGRANA Fruit. Weather you want a "green" apple taste or more sweet profile, we can tell you which variety to use.