Apples are fruit that grow on trees. There are several varieties of apples including Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Pink Lady, and more.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Apples
Apples are a good source of potassium, which helps with muscle movements and keeps your heart healthy. They also contain Vitamin C, which helps heal cuts and wounds. Apple skins are a good source of fiber which helps with digestion.
How to Select Apples
Choose firm, shiny, and smooth-skinned apples. Avoid apples with shriveled skins, bruises, worm holes. Scarring on the skin of the apple is fine.
How to Store Apples
Room temperature such as in a pantry or in a cupboard (50 to 70°F) for 3 weeks. In the refrigerator at 40°F or below for 4-6 weeks.
How to Prepare Apples
Dip sliced apples in peanut butter or another nut butter as a snack
Add to a Thanksgiving stuffing
Add to fruit salsa
Make an apple chutney to top a pork chop or chicken
Add to a smoothie
Add apples to a fruit salad
Add chopped apples to a salad with greens
Make a pie
Make an apple crisp
Make cinnamon apple muffins
Seasonal Availability of Apples in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.
- Fruit and Veggie Fact Sheets, UNL Nutrition Education Program
- Seasonal Produce Guide - Apples, SNAP-Ed Connection
- Nebraska Harvest Schedule, Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska