Sweet, crunchy and delicious, apples are the any-time snack and flexible ingredient that can transform a score of delicious dishes into fresh, heart-healthy and invigorating meals. Containing absolutely no cholesterol, and almost no fat or sodium, apples are a great source of fibre and help to aid the way your body digests food. They are also high in vitamin C and are a good source of potassium. What we love the most about this fabulous fruit is that they are the perfect heart-healthy cure for sweet tooth cravings.
March – October
When deciding on which apples to buy, pick out apples that have no blemishes or bruises and are firm to the touch. Another factor to consider is the apple’s shape. Generally speaking, the rounder the apples is the sweeter it will taste.
When it comes to this fantastic tasting fruit, there are a bunch of different kinds to choose from:
- Green, crisp and juicy as ever, Granny Smith apples are a South African favourite that are both delicious to snack on by themselves and great when added to a long list of recipes. It has a tart and slightly bitter flavour that seems to tickle the taste buds of apple lovers everywhere.
- Pink Lady apples are robust, red and packed full of sweet flavour. Every bite offers a juicy punch of natural sugars and fibre. They are perfect to add to fresh salads and amazing when juiced into a lip-smacking smoothie.
Apples can be prepared in a large variety of ways. They can be eaten by themselves; cut up into perfect pieces, skinned or simply eaten bite by juicy bite. This fantastic fruit can also be added to salads, used in tarts and desserts, or juiced in a blender to make scrumptious smoothies.
Apples should be stored in a cool but not freezing environment – the bottom drawer of your fridge is perfect. Apples should never be kept in a frozen environment because freezing this tasty fruit breaks down its cells, turning it into a bruised and ‘mushy’ lump.