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The Health Centre

Buyer's Guide for Great Apples  


The apple can be traced back to the Romans and Egyptians who introduced them to Britain and then to America. Today, apples are grown and eaten all over the world including Australia and New Zealand.

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Selecting Apples

Choose apples that are firm with no soft spots. Avoid apples that are discoloured for their variety.


Storing Apples

Keep apples in plastic bags in the refrigerator after purchasing to prevent further ripening. Apples should keep up to six weeks. However, check apples often and remove any apples that begin to decay or the others will do the same.


Preparing Apples

Wash apples well with soap and rinse with water. Prepare apple dishes just before serving to minimize browning (oxidation). Protect cut apples from oxidation by dipping them into a solution of one part citrus juice and three parts water.


Nutrients in Apples

Serving size 1  medium (154g)

Amounts Per Serving

% Daily Value

Amounts Per Serving

% Daily Value

Calories 80


 Dietary Fibre 5g


Calories from Fat 0


Sugars 16g


Total Fat 0g


Protein 0g


Saturated Fat 0g


Vitamin A


Cholesterol 0mg


Vitamin C


Sodium 0mg




Total Carbohydrate 22g




* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Some Popular Apple Varieties


Photo of Golden and Red Delicious apples

Golden & Red Delicious
Golden firm, white flesh retains its shape and rich, mellow flavour when baked or cooked, making it the preferred "all purpose" cooking apple. The skin is so tender and thin that it doesn't require peeling. The red is the favourite for eating.

Photo of Fuji apple

Available year round
Like fine wine, its flavour improves with age. Fuji's spicy, crisp sweetness makes it an excellent snack or as applesauce. Fuji varies from yellow-green with red highlights to very red.

Photo of Gala apple

Heart-shaped, distinctive yellow-orange skin with red striping. It has a crisp, sweet taste that can't be beat. Is the perfect take-along snack… anytime. Great in salads.

Photo of Jonagold apple

A blend of Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples, offering a unique tangy-sweet flavour. With a yellow-green base and a blush stripe. Jonagold is excellent both for eating fresh and for cooking.

Photo of Granny Smith apple

Granny Smith
Mouth-watering tartness. Bright green Granny with a pink blush has a crisp bite and a tangy flavour. Its tartness really comes through when baked and sautéed. Enjoy Granny Smiths out of hand or in a salad.


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