Happy European Apple Day!
I received a beautiful wicker basket loaded with fresh bicolored apples from the orchards of Europe to mark this day. Yes, today the 29th of June, has been declared European Apple Day in the UAE.
‘European Bicolored Apples’ are launching in the UAE this summer. These apples feature a bi-colored skin, and given they have been grown in the pristine orchards of Europe with moderate climates, they have acquired a uniquely fresh blend of sweet and sour flavors in one bite.
Bicolored Apples are great on their own, and versatile enough for adding to a multitude of cuisines from apple pies to chutneys and salads. Let your culinary imagination go wild with these beauties!
- Apples play a major part in the original sin – think Adam and Eve!
- If it wasn’t for apples, Newton would have never discovered gravity.
- Apples are probably the first fruit we learn of as a child: ‘A for Apple’!
- Apples originated in Asia Minor in the region of Kazakhstan, well before the Stone Age.
- There are over 8,000 varieties of apples.
- The oldest apple tree recorded till date is in Germany. It is 183 years old!
- Apples are 25% air, and therefore float on water.
- Mac adopted the bitten apple as its logo to symbolize a universally common experience of eating apples. It is a happy coincidence that ‘byte’ is computer lingo!
- Apples have long been associated with myths and fairy-tales. Famous stories include ‘The Golden Apple’ from Greek mythology, and the poisoned apple that put Snow White into a deathly slumber.
- ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is one of the world’s best known adages on health, and for good reason too!
A Nutrition Powerhouse:
Apples are packed with soluble fibre (4 grams per medium-sized apple). Apples are also loaded with immune-boosting Vitamin C to keep the doctor away 🙂 And given an apple has a mere 95 calories per piece, these make for a filling, healthy yet sweet snack.
Great for the Heart:
The high content of soluble fibre in apples helps reduce the buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in the heart’s arteries, thereby reducing the chances of coronary heart disease.
Eliminates Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
A high fibre intake significantly reduces the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome that include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating.
Being rich in fibre and low in calories, apples are the ideal snack for people trying to watch their weight. Eating apples before working out is also believed to boost exercise endurance as apples contain the antioxidant quercetin which aids in making more oxygen available for the lungs.
Red apples contain more quercetin. Quercetin helps boost and fortify the immune system, as well as decrease stress and anxiety.