Apple Basics

Apple Information

  • Always look for fresh-looking, firm apples with good color.
  • Handle apples carefully to prevent bruises.
  • Store apples in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
  • Warm temperatures cause apples to lose crispness and flavor rapidly.
  • Apples are a source of dietary fiber, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals.
  • One medium apple has about 80 calories and is free of fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
Crunchy, tart, sweet, tender, crisp, or sweet-tart. Which do you prefer?

Crunchy, tart, sweet, tender, crisp, or sweet-tart. Which do you prefer?
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Apple Ideas

  • Serve raw crisp apple slices and cheddar cheese for a light dessert
  • Spread peanut butter on apple slices for a snack kids will love
  • Add chopped apples to poultry or pork stuffing for great flavor
  • Coleslaw and tuna salad will taste even better when you add chopped apples
  • A baked apple makes a great dessert or breakfast food
  • For a super side dish, sauté apples and onions and serve with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese.

Fresh Apple Crisp

(About 6 servings)

Peel and slice 6 medium all-purpose or cooking apples. Sprinkle with the juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss to coat. Place in a buttered baking dish. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup all-purpose flour, and 5 tablespoons butter or margarine. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over apples. Bake at 375 °F for 30 minutes or until apples are tender.

Granola Baked Apples

(About 4 Servings)

Core 4 all-purpose or cooking apples. Cut out the center to leave a ½-inch shell. Chop ½ cup apple from the center and reserve. Cut a strip of peel ½ inch wide around the top of the apple. In medium bowl mix ¾ cup granola cereal, reserved ½ cup chopped apple, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar.  Fill scooped-out apples. Place in shallow baking dish; add ¼ inch water to the bottom. Cover and bake at 350 °F for 45 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve with sour cream, if desired.

Microwave Applesauce

(Makes 1 quart)

Place 6 peeled and quartered apples and ¼ cup water in a 2-quart microwave-safe baking dish. Cover and cook on high power 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. In a food processor, combine cooked apples, ⅓ cup sugar, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Process until smooth. If chunky applesauce is preferred, mash with a fork, rather than using the food processor.

For information on preserving apples, request HGIC 3120, Preserving Apples.


United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association. The Fresh Approach to Apples.

Originally published 10/01

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