Apples are probably the most basic and traditional of all fruits.  After all, it was Adam and Eve who first had dealings with this fruit in the Old Testament.  The apple tree was perhaps the earliest tree to be cultivated, and its fruits have been improved through selection over thousands of years.  Alexander the Great is credited with finding dwarfed apples in Kazakhstan in 328 BCE.

Apples were brought to North America by colonists in the 17th century, and the first apple orchard on the North American continent was planted in Boston by Reverend William Blaxton in 1625.  The only apples native to North America are crab apples, which were once called “common apples”.  Apple varieties brought as seed from Europe were spread along Native American trade routes, as well as being cultivated on Colonial farms.  In the 20th century, irrigation projects in Eastern Washington began and allowed the development of the multibillion dollar fruit industry, of which the apple is the leading product.

Apples are a powerful source of antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamin C.  They are also full of fiber and potassium.  And better yet, there are only 47 calories in an average size apple.

It is important to eat the skin of an apple to obtain the full health benefits.  The secret behind this SuperFood’s antioxidant capacity lies in its skin.  The apple skin alone provides two to six times the antioxidant activity of the apple flesh alone.  So don’t peel it … just core out the center and eat the rest!

It is important to eat a wide variety of apples to ensure that a balance of all antioxidant agents is maintained. There are many different varieties of apples, and each has its own unique skin color.  Along with differences in skin color come differences in chemical make-up, as the phytonutrient content varies in concentration and types of polyphenols present in each apple.

? Apple benefits

  • Improves heart health
  • Improves lung function
  • Prevents lung cancer
  • Prevents Type 2 Diabetes (DM2)