A is for apples

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A is for apples

Versatile, abundant, nutritious, well-liked an reasonably priced – what more could we ask? Enjoy them raw or cooked or in wonderful baked items and we take in easily digested sugars for energy, vitamins A and C and fiber at the same time.

Each year more than two million bushels of apples are grown in the United States, Washington State produces the most, but Nebraska contributes its share, too. There are nearly 10,000 varieties of apples in a glorious array of flavors and colors. The first three listed below comprise more than half of the apples grown commercially. Each of the varieties commonly found in our stores have unique characteristics and flavors. Try them all. Store them in the refrigerator in plastic bags or hydrator drawers for best results. Help children explore this favorite food with some simple activities.

  • Red Delicious – sweet, juicy and best eaten fresh or in salads

  • Golden Delicious – great for pies or eating fresh

  • Macintosh – mildly tart, for homemade applesauce, salad or eating fresh

  • Winesap – perfect for cider

  • Granny Smith – tart and crunch for eating fresh or perfect pies

  • Rome Beauty – Large, and hold their shape for the best baked apples

  • Cortland – Do not brown as easily, use these in fresh salads

  • Jonathan – Wonderful in pies and for eating fresh

  • Galas – Very sweet for eating fresh

Have Fun with Apples with these activities for children


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Updated August 8, 2017 5:17pm