September - Apples
Apples are from the rose family. There are over 7,000 different varieties of apples, many of which a grown in Britain.
- Apples fall into two categories- eating (often also called dessert apples) and cooking. All dessert apples can be used for cooking but the opposite in not true.
- Apples can be eaten on their own but also make a delicious cooking ingredient for sweet and savoury dishes
- Apples are grown throughout the year and British apples are at their best from September to November. More information can be found here.
- Apples are a good source of vitamins A and C and fibre
- Including lots of fruit like apples in your diet will help you to stay healthy as they are naturally low in calories and fat. Evidence shows eating 5 portions of fruit and veg a day can help reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke and obesity
- 1 apple = 1 of your 5 a day.
How to prepare:
- Apples should be firm with taught unbroken skins. Many varieties have naturally freckled or dull matt surfaces and the fragrance of an apple is a good indicator of freshness and quality.
- If peeling or slicing apples, add them to a bowl of water with lemon juice to prevent them discolouring until you are ready to use them
- Breakfast ideas – apples are a great addition to yoghurts or porridge* and baked apples are a great pancake* filling.
- Main meals – apples are delicious in fresh salads and slaws but also the perfect accompaniment with roasted pork
- Desserts – apples can be used in crumble, sweet pie and cake recipes and many more sweet treats.
*Please check your Food and Drink Directory for suitable products.
We have pulled together some of our delicious recipes using apples for you to try below. Alternatively search our recipe collection for more inspiring recipes.