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.


Related Articles

Food Facts

Turkey

Everything you need to know to buy and prepare your holiday bird! This is an update from an article originally posted in November 2016.

Food Facts

Blueberries

Michigan fresh blueberries are the best you can get from mid-July through mid-September. "Eat blue. Go green."

Food Facts

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits have beautiful juicy pulp and a delicious zing in every bite.

Food Facts

Shiitake Mushrooms

The very definition of umami.

More Food and Nutrition Articles

Find a Class

Browse all courses

Search Health4U


Coaching and Counseling Services

Coaching and Counseling Services provides you with access to accurate health and lifestyle information, helping you to explore new behaviors and skills, and identifying useful campus and community resources.

MSU community members eligible for coaching and counseling services include faculty, staff, graduate assistants, retirees and the spouses/partners of members of these groups.

To schedule an appointment with Health4U you are not required to email us from your MSU email address; please email us from the email address you are most comfortable with. 

Read More

Departmental Services

The goal of department based services is to provide work units and colleagues the opportunity to learn about health and wellness as a group activity or exploration.  

Read More

Health e-Guide

This guide has been discontinued and is no longer viewable.

Visit Health e-Guide