An Apple A Day
Apples have been around a long time—at least
5,000 years. With literally thousands of varieties
to choose from, it’s certainly not hard to keep the
doctor away, as the saying goes.
Look for firm,
crisp, well-colored fruit. Avoid those with
shriveled skins, bruises, worm holes, and decayed
spots. Although apples are fairly durable fruits,
take care to avoid bruising them.
Apples with a
dark green background color may have been picked
before they were fully ripe. Although they may last
longer in storage, they will not be as flavorful.
Yellow apples have no red pigment covering their
background color, so maturity is easier to judge.
Apple storage life is primarily influenced by
temperature and humidity. Apples will last the
longest in storage, and retain best quality, when
kept close to 32ºF. Although garages and basements
may provide adequate storage conditions, the best
place to store apples is usually in a refrigerator.
Warmer temperatures always shorten the storage life
of apples. Apples stored near 32ºF will last about 8
to 10 times longer than apples stored at room
reduce the shriveling of apples in storage. If the
storage environment is low in humidity, as most
refrigerators are, the fruit should be stored in a
perforated plastic bag or a covered container.
may be displayed in a fruit bowl at room temperature
for a short period, such conditions will
dramatically reduce their usable life.
Nutritive Value of Apples
An average apple contains about 90
calories, and small amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C,
thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, and
potassium. They are also a good source of fiber and
thirst quenching because they contain about 85%
water. They are a perfect snack food because their
natural sugars provide quick energy, while the pulp
provides a feeling of fullness.
Minnesota Cooperative Extension
Cranberry Apple Crunch
1 cup whole cranberry sauce
1 cup apples,
cored and chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats
brown sugar, packed
3 Tablespoons flour (try
3 Tablespoons butter or
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray.
3. In a mixing bowl,
combine cranberry sauce and apples.
mixture in baking pan.
5. In a mixing bowl,
combine rolled oats, brown sugar, and flour.
Add melted butter or margarine to oat mixture and
mix until crumbly.
7. Sprinkle over fruit.
Bake for 1 hour.
Three-grain Apple Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
1 cup bran flake cereal
1 cup rolled oats (uncooked oatmeal)
1 cup whole
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon oil
1 1/2 cups chopped apple
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
muffin tins or line them with paper.
cereal, oatmeal, flour, baking powder, and spices in
a large bowl.
4. Mix remaining ingredients in
separate bowl and add to cereal mixture; stir just
5. Divide batter evenly among muffin
6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes (until lightly