Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Apples
Apples are loaded with nutrients our
bodies seek, and are the most versatile fruit for juicing
alone, with other fruit ...and with most vegetables, too!
Apples can be both nutritious and delicious... as the
saying goes, "An apple a day keeps the doctor
away." Here are a few of the questions we attempt to
answer about apples.
- What vitamins in apples make apples so good for
- What is the best method for juicing apples?
- What are some great buying tips for apples?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about apples that you might not find so easily
elsewhere on the Internet.
Let's begin our exploration of
Vitamins and Other
Nutrients Found inside Fresh Apples
Apples are probably best known for being a terrific source
of pectin, which forms a gel to remove toxins from the
intestines and at the same time stimulates peristaltic and
bowel activity. Also, the natural sugar in apples produces
acids that stimulate saliva flow and digestion -- a good reason
to chew apples well if you choose to eat them in lieu of
But, in addition to being a great source of
pectin and their benefits as a digestion aid, apples are a
great source for several different vitamins and
VITAMINS in Apples:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Folate (important for pregnant women)
MINERALS in Apples:
- And trace amounts of iron, manganese, copper and
One medium apple with skin, in addition to the
many vitamins and minerals listed above, also provides about 4
grams of dietary fiber when eaten.
But the real beauty of the apple is how versatile it is for
juicing. The next time you think about Apples... think about
how they might add a powerful boost to your daily nutrition
Tips for Juicing
Juicing apples can add both flavor and valuable nutrients to
most any home-juiced cocktail... or it can result in a
not-so-palatable drink that is difficult, if not impossible to
Here are a few tips for juicing apples that may help turn
your juicing experience into something you look forward to and
As there are more than 1400 different varieties of apples,
which variety of apple is great for juicing? We prefer
Delicious (easy to digest), Golden Delicious, red Winesap,
McIntosh, pippin, Granny Smith, Jonathan, and Rome Beauties.
All are great for juicing and at least 2 or 3 are always
available regardless of the time of year.
For juicing, we recommend buying organic apples. If not
available in your area, then be sure to clean your apples
thoroughly before juicing. (Learn more about this in
"Purchasing Tips for Buying Apples" below.)
Apples are perhaps one of the most versatile fruits for
juicing, blending well with several different vegetables and
other fruit. Check out the juicing section in our Nutrition Center for some
great recipes using this wonderful fruit!
Purchasing Tips for
If you are unable to grow your own apples, then here are a
few tips for buying (and storing) apples that may help you get
the freshest ingredients for your juicing recipes.
Soft, mealy apples do not juice well, so
look for crisp apples without soft spots or bruises. When
possible, purchase organic apples -- often as many as eleven
chemicals are used by larger non-organic growers who then wax
their apples to preserve them further...
If you can't purchase organic apples, be sure to soak apples
in a biodegradable produce wash (see
example to the right from Amazon.com - example is for a case of
12). Don't worry if you can't remove all the wax. You can
peel the most offending wax off before juicing and the balance
(plus peel) will remain in the pulp receptacle of your juicing
For organic apples, simply rinse them in cool water.
After washing/rinsing, dry apples well and store them in the
crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
Harvesting Tips if You
Grow Your Own Apples
The University of Illinois Extension website entitled
"Apples and More" has some great tips for growing apples (as
well as a great deal of additional information about apples).
Here's a few quick tips for harvesting your apples if you are
lucky enough to grow your own.
When normal, unblemished fruits start to drop, the time
is just about right plus the "under color" or "ground
color" is a clue to maturity or ripeness.
The "under color," that is the same color as the peel in
yellow or gold varieties and can be seen around the core or
stem cavities in red varieties, changes from green to
yellow or greenish-yellow as apples mature. Watch for that
color change to make sure you're picking apples that are
ready to use.
Ripe apples should be easy to pick with stems
You should be able to roll or twist the apple so its
stem separates from the tree – not from the fruit and
remains on the tree. Handle fruits carefully after picking
to avoid bruising. [link to website - opens in new
The above information should also be helpful to those of you
who prefer to get your apples from a pick-your-own orchard.
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about apples, as well as a
few helpful links if you want to explore apples further.
In ancient Rome, there were only 30 varieties
of apples recorded. Apples have been praised for centuries by
civilizations as diverse as those of the Norse and Turks... and
long thought to have rejuvenation powers. The charred remains
of apples have even been found in a Stone Age village in
In his article "Great Moments in
Apple History" Mitch Lynd writes:
In Greek mythology, Gaia, or Mother Earth,
presented a tree with golden apples to Zeus and his bride
Hera on their wedding day. Guarded by Ladon, a serpent who
never slept, the apple tree was in the garden of the
Hesperides, daughters of the Evening Star. These golden
apples became involved with many tales of love, bribery and
temptation ranging from the abduction of Helen of Troy to
the defeat and marriage of Atlanta. The sexual and romantic
connotations of the apple were powerful reasons why apples
came as dessert at the end of the meal. They not only
tasted heavenly and were good for digestion but were
regarded as a cunning transitional aphrodisiac for the
pleasures that followed. Is it any wonder that apples
became the most sought after fruit on earth? They have
taken their rightful place in the pleasure gardens of the
wealthy throughout the world in spite of the almost
instinctive knowledge that eating them may lead one to a
life of chaos and destruction. [link to source - opens in new
The custom of serving roast apples with a
little saucer full of Carraways is still kept up at Trinity
College, Cambridge, and at some of the old-fashioned London
Livery dinners, just as in Shakespeare's days.
Sources/Resources for Apples
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using