Apples are among the most widespread types of fruit, and more than 65 million tons of them are harvested annually in the world. Most of them are eaten raw, but they are also excellent in the kitchen. Cooking with apples is easy, so you can easily prepare basic dishes at home, such as apple juice, a snack or dried cruciferous vegetables, or try more complex recipes. You don't even have to be afraid of combining it with meat and vegetables - try recipes made from salty apples . Did you know that you can also bake an apple cake ? It smells beautifully of cinnamon and is definitely worth a try!
When to eat apples
Apples are at home in our latitudes, so it is naturally healthy to eat them almost all year round. Summer apples ripen already during the first hot days, and autumn varieties can often be stored until spring. Therefore, it can be said that apples are in season all year round.
At the beginning of summer, small sour apples ripen, which are aptly nicknamed pomelo. These apples spoil quite quickly and are not very suitable for storage, so you should consume them as soon as possible. They are very juicy and best eaten fresh. But if you have an overabundance, you can try, for example, the great apple crucibles or one of the refreshing cakes .
With the arrival of autumn, sweeter and firmer types of apples ripen, which also last longer when picked. If you have fallen apples, even the cut ones can be used perfectly, for example for the production of homemade fruit juices and ciders.
Winter apples are the last of the year to ripen for storage. They last well stored in the cellar until spring, but by then they are mealy and do not taste very good. However, you definitely don't have to throw out just such apples. Although they are not good for eating raw, you can make a delicious apple strudel from them or try one of the festive recipes. You can use a festive dessert made of apples and cottage cheese or various slices of apples, for example, at a New Year's Eve treat.
Health benefits of apples
Apples contain a whole range of beneficial substances for our health, and since they are local fruits, we don't have to worry about consuming them in practically any quantity. Apples can benefit us in the following areas, for example:
- they increase the body's immunity thanks to their vitamin C content
- affect resistance to stress
- they improve bowel function
- they lower cholesterol levels
- have a positive effect on the intestinal microflora
- they strengthen the gums
- they lower blood pressure
- they strengthen the activity of the heart
- thanks to its antioxidant content, it acts as a prevention against cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease
As our grandmothers used to say: At least one apple a day!