The tree originated from Central Asia and there are over 7,500 known cultivars of apples, with red, yellow and green varieties.
Apples appear in many religious traditions, often as a mystical / forbidden fruit.
- Commercially, apples can be stored for some months in controlled-atmosphere chambers.
- For home storage, store apple for approx 2 weeks, at the coolest part of the refrigerator (below 5°C).
- Several types of apple, have an even longer shelf life.
Use of apple:
- Apples can be canned, juiced, and optionally fermented to produce apple juice, cider, ciderkin, vinegar, and pectin.
- Distilled apple cider produces the spirits applejack and Calvados. Apples are also used to prepare apple wine.
- Apples are an important ingredient in desserts like apple pie, apple crumble, apple crisp and apple cake.
- They are also eaten baked or stewed, sometimes dried and eaten or re-constituted (soaked in water, alcohol or some other liquid) for later use.
- Puréed apples are generally known as apple sauce. Apples are also made into apple butter and apple jelly.
- Apples are also used (cooked) in meat dishes.
- Toffee apple is a traditional confectionery in the UK, prepared by coating an apple in hot toffee and allowing it to cool.
- Candy apples (coated in a hard shell of crystallised sugar syrup), caramel apples (coated with cooled caramel) are popular in the US.
- Apples are eaten with honey at the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year.
We believe "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"
- Apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
- Apples contain relatively low amounts of Vitamin C as well as several other antioxidant compounds.
- The fiber content, helps regulate bowel movements and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
- They also help in controlling heart disease, weight loss and cholesterol.
Some popular varieties of apple across the globe: