Picking apples on a clear, crisp, sunny autumn day provides a cornucopia of pleasures. The enjoyment of being outdoors and savoring another harvest has been part of the human experience for centuries. Biting into a crunchy, sweetly flavored apple or quaffing a big glass of fresh cider reminds one why apples are a part of fairy tales and folk history. Remember Snow White and Johnny Appleseed? Apples have sustained humans with beverages — hard and sweet cider — innumerable culinary dishes, winter provisions, and even foodstuffs for hogs and cattle, and they are still an integral part of American culture and commerce. Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert, and bins of fresh apples are present year-round in every supermarket. An apple variety exists for every taste bud, and eating apples has a lot of health benefits, too. They’re a good source of antioxidants and fiber — and an individual apple contains about 80 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 6 milligrams of vitamin C and 170 milligrams of potassium.

Heffner, S. W. (2003). Apple. In S. H. Katz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (Vol. 1, pp. 104-108). New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons. Retrieved from https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX3403400039/GVRL?u=lcpls&sid=GVRL&xid=5604f254

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