Apple

Eat one every day to keep the doctor away!

When Eve allured Adam with the forbidden fruit what she did not know and wanted to find out was if apples were more than a symbol of temptation or sin! And they were! They were delicious, crisp, white-fleshed fruits, with a moderately sweet, refreshing flavor and an unexpected tartness.

Red, green or yellow, the skin of the apple is unusually rich in nutrients, and it stands for a particularly valuable part of the fruit with respect to its nutrient content. Apples include polyphenols, which are standout nutrients, such as flavonols, catechins and several dozen more. According to scientific researches the phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar and function as antioxidants.

Apples’ strong antioxidant benefits include the ability to decrease oxidation of cell membrane fats. This benefit is especially important in our cardiovascular system since oxidation of fat is a primary risk factor for clogging of the arteries (atherosclerosis). In addition, they have proved to have even more cardiovascular benefits: total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol are both decreased through regular intake of apples.

Apples’ antioxidant benefits are also related to their ability to lower risk of asthma in numerous studies, and their ability to lower risk of lung cancer. Finally, apple is a good source of fiber, and it’s also a good source of vitamin C.

Greek mythology features lots of stories about apples: it is said that an apple thrown by the goddess of chaos Eris to some mythological wedding lead to the Trojan War when three goddesses, Athena, Aphrodite and Hera claimed it, while in the myth of Atalanta, throwing some apples to her way when running to avoid marriage distracted her, so she lost the race and had to get married to the man who won her by cunningness since he couldn’t outspeed her.

In Greece apples are widely cultivated in several places but of Protected Geographical Indication are the apples of Kastoria, while the apples of Zagora of Pelion, the Delicious pilafa apples of Tripoli and the firikia of Pelion (little apples) are of Protected Designation of Origin. Firiki stands for a Greek apple variety, which first appeared in Mount Pelion about 150-200 years ago. It is smaller than an apple and has an acidulent taste.

So if you’d like to enjoy your apple like a Greek cut it to slices and spread it with honey and cinnamon powder or add diced apples to your green salads for a fresher and more gourmet note on your palate.

MLGFB Tip:

  • To prevent browning when slicing apples for a recipe, simply put the slices in a bowl of cold water to which a spoonful of lemon juice has been added.
  • For use in future recipes, sliced apples freeze well in plastic bags or containers.
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