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As promised, this is the first Food & Fact, where we will explore useful and interesting facts about food in short & sweet posts, so look no further.
I was thinking and thinking what should be the first food – something special, exotic, surprising… But then I reminded myself – dooh, this is supposed to be above all useful! Though, for sure I don’t promise, you will never be surprised. 😉
So ta-daaaaaa one of my favourite foods, that I eat practically every day.
- Malus domestica/ Malus pumila
- Buying & Storing: look for apples with firm, crisp flesh and tight, smooth skin; store in cool, dry and dark place;
- Important: they are found on the Dirty Dozen list of the Environmental Working Group 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which means, it is highly recommended to buy them organic; alternatively, you can wash and peel them before eating, which is a pity because numerous nutrients are otherwise present in the skin;
- A good source of:
- FIBER: soluble and insoluble; pectin;
- VITAMINS: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B2 (riboflavon), vitamin K;
- MINERALS: boron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron;
- Actions: tonic, digestive, diuretic, detoxifying, laxative, antiseptic, lower blood cholesterol, anti rheumatic, liver stimulant;
- In Ayurveda: qualities of sweet, light and cool; useful for cleansing, particularly in autumn fasts, to reduce ama related to aching joints, sinusitis and headaches; best for Kapha and Pitta, Vata, if apples are well cooked and spiced;
- Culinary uses: apples blend well with most fruits and vegetables, they add natural sweetness and lots of fiber can be used raw and cooked (yum yum);
- Interesting and useful: 1 apple yields approximately 1 cup/250 ml; apple sauce can be used in recipes as natural sweetener and/or partly as a substitute for oil/butter in recipes for baked goods.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
Hope you enjoyed this post, there are more like this to come. If, you think I need to add or correct something, please let me know, we can all benefit from it. Also, in case you would like me to write about a particular food, just drop a comment or a message on my email and I will see, that you get your answer.
Enjoy your apples! 🙂
p.s.: As I write these posts I will also be compiling a Glossary, where you can check a short definition of some terms used in the post (for example: vitamins, minerals etc.).
– The Vegetarian Cook’s Bible: Pat Crocker,
– The Ayurvedic Cookbook: Amedea Morningstar with Urmila Desai,