One fruit, endless flavors (and benefits)
Those delicious summer fruits are disappearing. Back to the fall stand-bys, like boring old apples. Boring? They’re anything but! People have treasured these hardy fruits for millennia, cultivating over 7,500 varieties. My favorites are Winesaps, but you’ll find dozens of others to try this season.
Though we all know about “an apple a day”, scientists keep discovering more good things about this simple fruit. No matter which variety you choose, every apple is full of helpful nutrients:
- LDL cholesterol-lowering pectin
- 4g of complex fiber, slow to digest so it helps you feel full – yet just 95 calories!
- Eat 5 a week to benefit from an antioxidant called quercetin (also found in tomatoes, onions, tea and red wine) – which may improve lung function and more.
- 8mg of vitamin C to fight colds and build immunity
- Acetylcholine to keep your memory strong and reduce Alzheimer’s risk
- Antioxidants called anthocyanins – also found in blueberries, pears and other red and purple fruits – that help ward off type 2 diabetes
Those should definitely be enough reasons to add at least an apple a day to your diet! If you’re not into eating them whole, try adding them to cereals, salads, smoothies, and stews.
Apples are now abundant in supermarkets and farm stands (my friend Jon took alittle video
), so go to your local farmer’s market and ponder the many varieties of apples and try some out. Let me know what your favorite variety is and how you like to eat it best!
Easy Raw Apple Pie
8 medium apples
10 medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (also known as mixed spice)
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1 1/4 cups walnuts
1 1/4 cups pecans or almonds
1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted
- Divide the apples into two piles – one of 5 apples and one of 3 apples.
- Peel, core and chop all the apples into rough chunks.
- Place 5 of the chopped apples into a food processor and process until the apple is in small, chunky pieces. Remove and place in a large bowl.
- Place the remaining 3 chopped apples into the food processor with the dates and spices. Process until it forms an apple sauce.
- Mix the apple sauce with the chopped apples.
- Place the nuts and dates for the crust into the food processor and process until sticky.
- Spread the crust mixture into a pie/tart pan, using your fingers to press it down around the edges. Spoon the pie filling onto the crust and flatten with the back of a spoon or spatula. Chill.
- Decorate the pie with a few more nuts, apple slices, some fresh berries or make some cashew cream for even more decadence.
Credit: Dorian Romer
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