“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” came from the old English saying “To eat an apple before going to bed will make the doctor beg his bread”?
Apples are members of the rose family. Some famous varieties are abri Kashmir, American Trel, Red Delicious, Maharaji Apple, Hazarbati Apple, Golden Delicious Apple.
Where do apples grow?
China is the world’s largest producer. The United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy follow respectively. In India, apples are grown in the north-western states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and in the hills of Uttar Pradesh.
Why eat apples?
Rich in Nutrients
Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin of an apple. Apples are rich in fibre, a source of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Over two-thirds of the fibre and almost all of the antioxidants remain in the peel. Apples are a rich source of phytochemicals such as chlorogenic acid, catechin, carotenoids such as beta-carotene and flavonoids (which may play a role in fighting cancer and heart disease).
Cures gastro-intestinal distress
Apples cure stomach ache and constipation. Nowadays, Apple Cider Vinegar is available in the market which relieves heartburn.
Used as a cosmetic agent
Pyrus Malus (apple peel) extract is a cosmetic agent. It cures acne and pigmentation. If a piece of apple is rubbed over face, it gives huge benefits too. Apple Cider Vinegar is often used in DIY face masks.
A study conducted by researchers from the State University of Rio de Janeiro found that overweight women who added three apples a day to their low-fat diet lost more weight than those women who did not add in apples.
A 2005 animal study found that eating apple products may help protect against cellular damage attributed to memory loss. In another animal study, this time with mice, researchers added apple juice concentrate to their diet. The results showed that the juice concentrate prevented an increase in oxidative damage to brain tissue and a decline in cognitive performance.
Diabetics who consumed apples had smaller spikes in glucose after eating due to their soluble fibre content.
Spiritual Side of an Apple
From ancients times, apples have been given to unmarried couples, teachers and friends as good luck charms to drive away bad spirits and bad luck.
Tips on Using Apples
- Choose apples with firm, undented, shiny skin.
- Keep apples in the refrigerator after purchasing because apples ripen six to eight times faster at room temperature.
- Bruised or rotten apples give off a gas that promotes ripening of fruits, which may cause spoilage of other foods.
Preparation And Serving Suggestions
Raw apples are great for a snack and in salads.
Apples can be baked in pies and tarts or pureed into applesauce.
Golden Delicious apples are an all-purpose apple used for many cooking methods.