Holy Honeycrisp—Despite the recent unseasonable heat wave, apple-picking season is here! And that’s good news because in addition to loads of other nutrients, apples are bursting with fiber. Just one medium apple with skin delivers 20 percent of your daily quota. Not to mention that apples grow in so many varieties, you’re sure to find one that suits your fancy. In fact, more than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States!
And even though modern, controlled-atmosphere storage techniques keep us supplied with crispy, crunchy apples all year long, apples are at their juicy best when fresh-picked in the fall. But before you head out to the apple orchards, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Try the Thumb Test. Check if an apple is firm by pressing into its side with your thumb. If the gentle pressure produces a dent, the apple is too soft.
- Size matters. But not in the way you’d expect! Small apples are actually often packed with a lot more flavor than larger ones.
- Pick pretty ones. The apples you choose should be nice in color (the exact color will depend on their different types) and have no bruises or breaks in the skin.
Just one last tip: Apples are already fully ripe when you buy them, so when you get them home, put them right in the fridge, where they’ll keep for up to six weeks. If you leave them at room temp, they’ll get mushy fast!
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