Cooking with Hope: Versatile apple works in hundreds of recipes

Fall apple

Besides being delicious and crunchy, the crisp fall apple is known for being healthy. The fruit is known as nourishment for managing weight and blood sugar.

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Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 03:26 PM.

The crisp fall apple is known for its health, weight loss, and blood sugar control benefits, besides being delicious and crunchy. One large apple, with the skin, contains about 5 grams of soluble fiber and ten percent of the daily value of vitamin C along with B-complex vitamins, which helps to maintain the body’s metabolism. The apples have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and have only about 90 calories for each apple. The two most important antioxidants flavonoids and polyphenols, which are known for their heart health and healthy brain function, are found in the apple’s skin.

The apple is a versatile fruit and can be used in hundreds of recipes. Liven up a favorite coleslaw recipe with crisp, chopped apples or layer thin slices of apple in a turkey or ham sandwich for extra flavor and crunch.

The recommended all-purpose apples are:

n Fuji:sweet, juicy and firm — good for pies and tarts

n Golden delicious: sweet and juicy — best for sauces, pies or dishes to freeze

n Mcintosh: sweet-tart, juicy, firm — best for eating raw or n salads, sauces or pies

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