Thursday, May 31, 2007

Did you hear that Granny Smith went to a Royal Gala where she met a Pink Lady?

We all grew up hearing that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," and that old school saying has some seriously new school appeal! Eating just one apple each day can do wonders for your health. Not only are these tasty beauties loaded with 5 grams of dietary fiber that help keep a hungry girl feeling satisfied (and regular, by the way!), they also are proven to lower cholesterol. Need a little pick-me-up? A single apple is packed with energy! If you're trying to cut back on caffeine, chew on this--research* shows that eating an apple in the morning makes you feel more awake and alert than a cup of coffee does!

When I was a little girl, I remember about three varieties of apples at the grocery store: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. Not one to like a mealy apple, I quickly became a fan of the Granny Smith, due to its crisp texture and tart taste. In more recent years, those fancy farmers have cranked out several new varieties of delicious apples, including the popular Fuji and Royal Gala. My local grocery store carries at least seven varieties. Why not have some fun the next time you're at the supermarket, and pick up one of each? Become an apple connoisseur by having a taste test of your very own, and find out which is your favorite. I'm a big fan of the Pink Lady, and not just because of her adorable name--she's firm, crisp, and a real sweet-tart! Best of all, a single apple is fat-free and contains only about 80 calories, so munch away!

*I heard this several years ago on a radio news report.


wordnerd said...

I MISS Apples more than any other of the fruits on my "forbidden because of allergies" list.

I miss everything about them, but especially that first delicious bite...YUM!

Sharon said...

my favorite is a variety out of Michigan called the HONEY CRISP. They are DELICIOUS!

J at said...

Oh, when I can get my hands on a Honey Crisp, I'm all over it. They sometimes sell them at Whole Foods. Otherwise, I'm a Gala gal myself. I once asked the produce guy what kind of apples make the best pie, and he said that the best pies have a couple of different kinds of apples in them. I don't remember what kinds I bought that day...I think Pink Lady was one, and Granny Smith another, and boy, that pie was YUMMY. If you eat an apple pie a day, what will the doctor say then? Pass the ice cream?

Ana said...

If you love Galas...try Jonagolds they are even better! I had never heard of them until I moved to NC...they are my new favorites!!

Beenzzz said...

My favorite apple is the granny smith. The fuji apples are the second. I really go for tart fruit. Thanks for all the great info!

Autumn's Mom said...

my childhood fav was granny smith. But now, I love pink ladies in a fruit salad. mm mm good!

Cherry said...

Pink Ladies, Gala's, Macintosh, & Fuji's are my adult grocery store favorites, but I was a full on Granny Smith girl as I also enjoy the crisp tart, non-mealy types.
But seriously, you'd be amazed at the number of apple varieties out there.

We go to fruit tastings out here (just like wine tastings but with many types of fruits), and also scion exchanges where people trade fruit tree cuttings so you can graft different varieties onto your home tree.
Marrying an edible landscaper, fruit tree specialist is cool!

ML said...

I love fuji apples, but the ones in the store are so gross even when they're in season :(

I wish I could find an orchard so I can pick some nice fresh apples!

Buttercup said...

I don't buy the bit about them having more energy than a cup of coffee for a second.

I do however LOVE Gala apples. Nice post and healthy tip.

Maya's Granny said...

When I was growing up there were Washington delicious and pippins in the California grocery stores. Both were very good, but whenever an apple variety hits big, they start growing more of them and the new orchards are often planted in places that don't have the correct conditions for that apple, and so they don't taste as good. What they sell as delicious these days is a sad reflection of what I used to eat.

Eddie said...

Big fan of the Royal Galas as well, but like Wordnerd I have to deal with the effects of my tree pollen allergy.

Still, fruit is so important to a healthy lifestyle, and my allergy is mild, so what's a hive or two between friends.

Starshine said...

Hi Eddie,

Nice to hear from you. How in the world did you stumble upon this post? I wrote it so long ago!

Thanks for your comment,