We've all heard that "an apple a day will keep the doctor away." Although there are many other factors involved, a daily apple to keep you healthy, is definitely a step in the right direction. Apples are delicious, easy to carry for snacking, low in calories, a natural mouth freshener, and they are still very inexpensive.
Apples are a highly nutritious and cleansing fruit. They are a good source of vitamins A and B1 and rich in a number of minerals including potassium, calcium, phosphorus and sodium, and the bioflavonoid quercetin.
Apples are rich in pectin, which can help reduce high cholesterol levels and remove toxic metals such as lead and mercury from the body; it is very beneficial for intestinal problems and it binds radioactive residues and excretes them from the body. In addition, apple juice is very cleansing for the liver and gall bladder.
It is a good idea to eat apples with their skin. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content. Most of an apple's fragrance cells are also concentrated in the skin and as they ripen, the skin cells develop more aroma and flavour.
Apples come in all shades of reds, greens, yellows.
2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States.
7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.
The science of apple growing is called pomology.
Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.
In Europe, France, Italy and Germany are the leading apple producing countries.
Apples are a member of the rose family.
There are many varieties of apples on the market today, although most people have only tasted one or two of the most popular such as Pink Ladies, Red Delicious or Granny Smiths. Apples can be sweet, tart, soft and smooth or crisp and crunchy, depending on the one you choose. There is an apple to suit almost everyone's taste so have an apple today!
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