From Harvest to Health: Apples

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Low calorie apples are a dieter’s dream — a medium apple is only about 80 calories! Apples are also a good source of fiber, especially if you eat the peel, and they contain only a trace of sodium and fat.

Selecting Apples:

High quality apples are smooth-skinned, crisp, juicy and well-colored for their variety. Varieties of apples that are not solid red should have a yellow-green undertone, often called “ground color.” A ground color that is too green indicates a less sweet or underripe apple. Ground color that is too yellow identifies an apple that is overripe, soft and mealy textured. Avoid apples with bruises, soft spots or wrinkled skin.

Handle apples gently to avoid bruising them. Apples will remain crisp and juicy longer if refrigerated…

Missouri fall apples maintain excellent quality longer than apples that have been in commercial storage. The three major varieties available in Missouri from early to late fall are…

For much more information on selecting, using and preserving apples, including recipes, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/harvesttohealth/apples.htm

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