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How ’bout them apples? (infographic)

Oct. 14, 2016

This year, 31 billion apples will be hand-picked in the United States. Here in San Diego, apple season is in full bloom — filling our supermarkets with Galas, Fujis, Braeburns and more. Not everyone will agree on a favorite, but experts agree that apples are bursting with health benefits. Kendra Grinde-Busalacchi, a registered dietitian with Sharp Grossmont Hospital shares comparisons, recipe suggestions and nutritional info for the nation's favorite fruit.

How bout them apples? (infographic). How bout them apples? If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, the fall season just got sweeter. This year’s top varieties add crunch to a healthy diet. Apples are a great source of fiber, are good for digestive and heart health and are high in immune-boosting vitamin C. Most of the apple’s health benefits are found in the skin. Apples are one of my favorite fruits because of their versatility and convenience, says Kendra Grinde-Busalacchi, a registered dietician with Sharp Grossmont Hospital. I often bring apples for a snack on the go – they don’t require refrigeration or utensils and are a filling, sweet snack with many health benefits. Check your store or farmers market for these current seasonal favorites. While all are great for snacks or salads, there are several ways to enjoy them: Fuji apples are sweet and firm and are best for baking or juicing. Try serving them with brie cheese. Honeycrisp apples are very crisp with mild honey sweetness. They are best for baking. Try them in pancakes. Gala apples are crisp, juicy and very sweet. They’re best for cooking and juicing and can be dried into chips. Granny Smith apples are very tart. They are best for baking, cooking and juicing. Try adding them to a savory bread stuffing. Pink Lady apples are crisp with a mellow sweetness. They are best for cooking and juicing, especially with carrots and ginger. Braeburn apples are crisp, juicy and spicy-sweet. They’re best for baking. Try them chopped and added to oatmeal, too. Jazz apples are tart-sweet and very crunchy. They’re best for baking and taste great grilled and added to pizza. Jonagold apples are crispy with a honey-tart flavor. They are best for baking and cooking and can be served for dessert with vanilla ice cream.

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