An Apple a Day
Health FHC FMC
Mike Parker

Eating an apple a day might not keep the doctor away, but it sure couldn’t hurt. One of the most widely cultivated and consumed fruits in the world, Apples are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients and dietary fiber, which could help help reduce the risk of developing a host of unpleasant conditions including cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Apple consumption has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) while boosting good cholesterol (HDL) levels in post-menopausal women, and apples have even been used to reduce the levels of radioactive Caesium-137 (Cs-137) among the so-called ‘Chernobyl children’ from the in heavily contaminated territories of Belarus, Ukraine, and European Russia.

There are literally thousands of varieties of apples, although it’s likely your local supermarket only carries a select few. While apples may be available in your local market all year long, there are times of the year when different varieties are at their most flavorful peak. Knowing when to buy can yield the best flavor. Among the most popular apples in the U.S. are:

  1. Red Delicious – Peak season is mid to late September.
  2. Gala – Best in September, but you can make great applesauce from them all year long.
  3. Golden Delicious – Peak season is mid to late September.
  4. Granny Smith – This Australian immigrant is widely cultivated in the U.S. and delivers consistent flavor and crispness all year long.
  5. Fuji – Available year-round, but the main crop ripens in October, making this the best month for eating.
  6. Macintosh – Stick to buying them fresh in September for the most flavor and to avoid a mushy texture.
  7. Rome – Peak season is early to mid October.
  8. Honeycrisp – Available September through May, but are at their flavorful best in early fall. Buy in September for best flavor and crispness.

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