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We've all heard the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", and for good reason. With only about 80 calories in a small apple, they also contain healthy nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals.

When it comes to cooking, apples have many uses-a delicious addition to both sweet and savory recipes.


Here are the most popular types of apples:

Braeburn: Red-orange color with a touch of yellow. Crisp, juicy and sweet with a hint of spice. Great for snacking and salads.

Cortland: Red color with some green. Sweet with a little bit of tart flavor, not as crisp as other apples. Good for snacking, salads and baking.

Empire: Dark red color. Juicy, crisp with a sweet-tart flavor. Good for any type of dish.

Fuji: Red and yellow color. Firm and very sweet. One of the most popular apples that are delicious to eat raw.

Gala: Red color with yellow throughout. Crispy, juicy and very sweet. Another popular apple that's best eaten raw.

Golden Delicious: Light yellow color. Sweet and crisp. Good for snacking and baking.

Granny Smith: Light green color. Very tart and firm. An excellent baking apple!

Honey Crisp: Light red color with yellow background. Crispy, juicy and sweet. A new variety that's quickly become a popular snacking apple. Also good for salads and applesauce.

Jazz: Red color with some yellow background. Sweet and tart, very crisp. A great snacking apple.

Jonagold: Red color with light yellow top. Firm, juicy and sweet-tart flavor. Great for both eating raw and baking.

McIntosh: Deep red color. Tart, juicy and very soft texture. Best eaten raw or to make applesauce.

Pink Lady: Light red-pink color. Juicy and tart with a bit of sweetness. Best for eating raw.

Red Delicious: Shiny, dark red color. Heart shaped with knobs or "feet" at the bottom. Sweet and juicy - one of the most well-known apples. Best eaten raw.

Rome Beauty: Bright red color. Firm with a touch of tartness. Not great for eating raw, best for baking.

Appetizing apple ideas:

  • Snack on apple slices with peanut butter (compare labels to find one without added salt or sugars).

  • Make applesauce by cooking chopped apples with cinnamon and nutmeg.

  • Make a salad with chopped up apples, walnuts, balsamic vinegar and spinach.

  • Add diced apples to your homemade turkey meatloaf.

  • Mix canned, low sodium tuna with chopped apples, celery and 1/4 teaspoon or less Dijon mustard for a sandwich or salad.

  • Slice thin and layer apples with low sodium turkey, low fat, low-sodium cheese and lettuce on a whole wheat tortilla wrap.

  • Blend chopped apple, frozen banana, low fat, no added sugar vanilla yogurt and orange juice for a refreshing smoothie.

  • Stuff an apple (with core removed) with raisins, cinnamon and oats. Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees F for 45-55 minutes.

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