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Produce Spotlight: Apples

Apples

Pick of the Crop

Apples are the perfect storage crop holding their texture and nutritional value. Apples are high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Leave the peel on for fiber and antioxidants. They are harvested locally from mid-August through October. When shopping, choose apples that are firm, shiny, smooth-skinned, and well colored without bruises or soft spots. Store apples at room temperature for up to 7 days. In the refrigerator, apples may keep for up to 3 months. Do not store apples in a closed bag. 

Recipes

Visit Massachusetts Locally grown featuring recipes for fruits and vegetables grown in Massachusetts and found at most local farmers’ markets.

Fun Facts

  • Apples come in all shades of reds, greens, and yellows. 
  • You can pick your own apples at over 80 Massachusetts orchards. 
  • Massachusetts grows more than 18 apples for every person in the state. If you lined them up, they would wrap nearly one-fourth of the way around the world.
  • Over 120 varieties of apples are grown in New England.

More Matters! Fruit and Veggie Tips for Parents

  • Add chopped apples to oatmeal and top with cinnamon. 
  • Add thin apple slices to a sandwich.
  • Dip apple slices in nut butter or low-fat yogurt. 

A Super Snack Idea

Mix dried apples and dried cranberries for a super-easy and sweet snack.

Veggie Humor

Question: What did the apple say after Thanksgiving?

Answer: Good-pie everyone!