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  • All About Apples: Nutritional Benefits, Buying & Storage

    While it takes more to keep the doctor away, an apple a day is certainly a step in the right direction
    by Rachel Perez .
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    Read on about buying and storing apples, as well as a recipe for homemade applesauce.

     

    Buying
    Look for shiny-colored skin and firm flesh. Check for holes, which may indicate the presence of worms.


    Storing
    Apples ripen 6 to 10 times faster at room temperature. Refrigerate, but do not freeze.

    1 Medium Apple with Skin
    Calories = 21 grams
    Dietary Fiber = 4 grams
    Calcium = 10 mg
    Phosphorus = 10 mg
    Iron = 0.25 mg
    Potassium  = 159 mg
    Vitamin C = 8 mg
    Vitamin A = 73 IU
    Folate = 4 mcg

    Source: USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory


    Homemade Applesauce

    Ingredients
    •    1/2 cup water
    •    5 medium apples (cored, peeled, and diced)
    •    a pinch of cinnamon (optional)

    Procedure
    Put all ingredients in a large saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until sauce-like texture is achieved. For chunky applesauce, mash the cooked apples with a potato masher. If you prefer smooth applesauce, run cooked apples through a food mill. Serve hot or freeze in ice cube trays.


    Photography by Christian Halili    

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