October 21, 2020 | by: Amanda Misner

Celebrating Apples!

A crisp, crunchy Nova Scotia apple is a delicious, healthy snack. Bite into one today!

Interesting #Apple facts from Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association!

  • Research indicates that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away as it contains so many health benefits.
  • Honeycrisp is the number one variety grown in Nova Scotia.
  • Crisp, firm Nova Scotia apples are a natural energy booster containing 21g of total carbohydrate, or 77% of the daily requirement.
  • An average size apple has about 80 calories and contains no fat or sodium.
  • Apples are 80-90% water.
  • An average Nova Scotia apple contains more fibre than a bowl of oatmeal or most brands of cold cereal and is an excellent source of dietary fibre. 80% of the fibre in apples is soluble fibre which aids in the reduction of cholesterol levels. One average sized apple has 2.6g of fibre.
  • Apples provide boron, an essential element that helps make bones healthy and strong; strong bones help prevent osteoporosis.
  • Apples are a good source of Vitamin C, the average apple provides a person with 11% of the recommended daily intake. Apples also contain Vitamin E.
  • Apples contain potassium ad phosphorous.
  • Apples, especially apple peels, are rich in dietary antioxidants. In terms of total antioxidants, Honeycrisp and Red Delicious ranked the highest of 8 varieties while Empire ranked the lowest.
  • Scientific evidence suggests that apple flavonoids play an important role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, various cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, and asthma.
  • Recent research has shown that flavonoids present in apple peels could help fight against breast cancer as the flavonoids help keep the breast cancer cells under control. Apple flavonoids have also demonstrated the ability to kill liver cancer cells.
  • It takes 4 apples to make a glass of pure apple juice.
  • Apples ripen 10 times faster at room temperature than kept in the refrigerator.