“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
Remember when your Mom used to lovingly place an apple in your lunch box every day for school? And how she would scold you when you got home and it was still there?
Well, Mom (as Moms tend to be) was definitely right… especially when it comes to apples.
An Ode to the Apple…
Besides tasting good and being good for you, they are incredibly versatile.
You can cook them in a pie, eat them raw, or dry them out for a snack.
Plus there are so many varieties of apples, each containing their own unique flavor.
Apples are Mother Nature’s perfect fusion of crunchy and juicy in one mouthwatering bite. Not to mention the fact they are an excellent source of antioxidant-rich, health promoting polyphenols.
Eat an Apple on International Eat an Apple Day
Because they’re so special, apples even have an international day to celebrate their greatness—International Eat an Apple Day is the third Saturday in September.
We’ve known for ages how great apples are for our health. (Check out our blog post here).
However, it was not until 1990 that an entire day was set aside to celebrate the fruit. First created in England by a charity group called Common Ground, the holiday has since spread like wildfire worldwide.
No Wonder the Apple Is the #1 Fruit Around the World
In order to get you even more excited about International Apple Day, here are a few secret facts:
- Apples are the most consumed fruit in the United States.
- Apples were used as a form of courtship in ancient Greece. A man would throw an apple to propose to his woman, and her catching it, meant ‘yes’.
- Like many things we eat, bees are the main source of pollinating apples.
- Apples are actually part of the rose family.
And just in case you need a few more enticing reasons to eat this delicious fruit…
- Dried apples have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
- The peels of organic gala apples, which contain high concentrations of antioxidants, decrease breast and prostate cancer cell proliferation in vitro.
- With their high fiber content, apples are the perfect way to keep your digestive system (and your gut microbiota) healthy. (Dietary fiber is also a long-established factor in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease).
- Higher quercetin intake, an important phytonutrient found in apple peels, has been associated with a decreased risk in type 2 diabetes.
So how will you celebrate this International tradition?
Apple for Apple
But you will have a lot of ‘choosing’ to do. First, you need to select your favorite variety (there are 7500 varieties worldwide!). Then, you can choose your favorite way to eat it. You can just eat your apple plain, add a bit of peanut butter or make a yummy apple pie—the list of apple preparations is virtually limitless.
And just in case you get stumped, here’s a very special recipe from us for Sweet and Tart Baked Apples so you can celebrate International Eat an Apple Day in style.
And remember the old adage “An Apple a Day”; you don’t have to celebrate apples only one day a year! You can integrate them into your daily routine and reap the benefits Big-Time.
Here’s to the Awesome Apple.