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The Story Of Apples

It is no secret that all fruits provide antioxidants fighting diseases in the human body.  The saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” dates back to the 1860s.  The original phrase was “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” It was changed and shortened in the 1900s.  For over two hundred years, doctors have touted the power of the apple.   Modern medicine has confirmed that theory and is discovering daily just how much the apple can do.

Her Army of Defense

The apple is low in calories, has no cholesterol, and contains vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene.  It also contains boron, a nutrient that can promote bone strength and brain functioning.

Her Super Powers

The latest studies show that the apple is packing a powerful disease fighting arsenal in her tiny crown.  Some of her powers recently discovered will be vital to future medicine.

Apple juice has been shown to fight Alzheimer’s and aging of the brain.

Eating fruits and other high-fiber foods seems to provide protection against Parkinson’s.

The cancer fighting powers of the apple are being hailed by medical professionals. Each type of cancer requires specialized medication and treatment.  However, the queen of fruit is beneficial to all cancers.

The soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol in the human body.

The apple also aids in calming irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, and promotes a healthy heart.

Her Tasteful Powers

Who can forget the taste of a cold, crisp apple on a hot summer day?  The coolness of the fruit lowers the temperature of your mouth, while the tartness wakes it up.  The juice runs over your tongue and down your throat quenching your thirst.

Her Cooking Powers

The old saying “American as apple pie” was coined because every county or state fair, cooking contest or church supper features at least one apple pie. The apple pie is just as good hot as it is cold.  Favorite toppings include ice cream, whipped cream, bourbon laced brown sugar cream sauce, caramel sauce, and cheese. It is also easy to make a delicious sugar-free apple pie by using Splenda.

applesA cored apple filled with butter and brown sugar, and then wrapped in a pie shell makes a decadent dessert called an apple dumpling.

A lighter version of that dessert, without the pie crust, is baked apples, which can also be made sugar-free.

Apple sauce is a comfort food for all ages including infants.

Her Large Family

There are at least seventeen varieties of apples.  That doesn’t include the grapple, which is an apple that tastes like a Concord grape. It is made by soaking Fuji and Gala apples in water and flavoring.  It is grown in Washington and available in stores until May.  The grapple does cost more than other apples, but its unique taste does the state of Washington proud.

Some varieties are better for cooking than eating raw, although all can be consumed.  The Granny Smith and McIntosh apples hold together well while cooking.  Some varieties tend to break down during the long cooking process.  If making applesauce, you will want the apples to break down.  However, mushy apples can ruin a pie.

The Honeycrisp is considered the best for eating raw by apple growers. The Red Delicious is considered the worst for cooking, baking and eating raw.

Her Fun Loving Spirit

Almost every fall festival has an apple bobbing contest.  A washtub is filled with water and apples float in the water.  Willing participants try to catch one in their mouth without using their hands.  Sound easy?  Not when the apples keep being dunked to the bottom along with the contestant’s face.

In this age of technology, we must include some apple games on the computer.  One requires the operator to chase and catch the apple with the mouse.  The apple, of course, doesn’t move in a straight line making catching it more challenging.

If this information hasn’t convinced you that the apple is surely the queen of fruit, this next piece will.  Queen apple has even been featured on television.  The show Minute to Win it has a game called apple-stacker.  Contestants try stacking five apples on top of each other.  The stack must hold steady for three seconds before points are awarded.

Her Vast Vocabulary

There are many common phrases about apples.  Here are just a few.

Comparing apples to oranges

Apple of my eye

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

One bad apple spoils the bunch.

From the beginning of time, the apple has enjoyed a long life of fame and glory.  She truly deserves the title Queen of the Fruit.

About Clara Valdez

Clara is a dietitian, nutritionist and professional speaker specializing in prevention and performance. She believes that a healthy life is synonymous consuming nutritious food.

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