Food Facts

The year-round fresh fruit.

SEASON

Mid-summer through late fall. Storage apples for year-round availability.

Guide to Michigan-grown apples  

SHOPPING

Look for fruits that are very firm and have beautiful rich coloring.

STORING

Apples ripen 6-10 times faster at room temperature than in refrigerator. To keep more than a few days, store in a plastic bag in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.

PREPARING

To prevent browning once an apple is sliced, place in a bowl with cold water and a spoonful of lemon juice.

FLAVORS

Gala: sweet and grainy with mild flavor. Work best as fresh fruit eating or in salads.

Fuji: sweet, juicy, and crisp. Great for apple sauce!

Honey Crisp: honey sweet with slight tartness but super crisp! Good for sauces, baking, and pies.

McIntosh: tart flavor, yet firm texture. Good for applesauce and cider!

Golden Delicious: sweet and mild.

Red Delicious: sweet and mid, very juicy.

Granny Smith: crisp, juicy, and tart. Especially good for baking because they remain firm.

NUTRITION

The skin of an apple is unusually rich in nutrients providing six times the antioxidant capacity of a peeled apple. Apples are a good source of vitamin C and fiber.


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