There is a reason Americans eat more apples than any other fruit. Apples are full of good nutrition: they are fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. They are a sweet way to get fiber, about 5 grams, and small amounts of vitamin C and potassium, all for only about 80 calories!
How to get your apple a day:
Eat it whole. Enjoy fresh, whole apples for the most nutrition at the lowest cost. Eat a delicious, washed apple right out of your hand for a quick and easy snack. Here in New York State – the second leading state in apple production, behind Washington State – you have a bushel of options. New York grows more apple varieties than any other state: from sweet and tangy McIntosh to tart and crisp Paula Red, there is an apple variety for everyone. Learn more about New York apple varieties here.
Sauce it up. If you want to get creative in the kitchen, turn those apples into homemade applesauce. Try the delicious JSY recipe here! Jonamac and McIntosh are some good varieties to use for applesauce because they are soft and sweet. Try out different varieties and decide which you like best!
Drink your apples. New York State cider is fresh pressed and made from the whole apple, so most of the nutrition benefits remain. Heat it up for a brisk weather treat.
Where will you get your apple a day? This fall, go local for the lowest cost and freshest taste. Visit a farmers’ market or an apple orchard and make colorful apples one of your fruits and vegetables for the day!
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