Apples for Diabetic Diets

Can One A Day
Keep the Doctor Away?



Apples by themselves may not keep the doctor away, but when combined with other healthy fruits they sure can help.

Did you know that there are over 7500 different varieties? From tart to sweet and green to red, they provide diabetics with antioxidants and fiber.

Can you name each variety pictured below? Take a guess and than click on the image to see if you got it right.

Granny

Gala

Winesap

McIntosh

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GrannyGranny Smith
The Granny Smith apple gets its name from its founder, Mrs. Mary Ann (Granny) Smith. A Granny Smith is crisp, juicy, and tart which makes it perfect for either baking in pies, stewed in sauces or eating out of hand.

They're also great in salads because once cut, they keep their color longer than other varieties.

1. Selection

A Good-quality Granny Smith will be firm with smooth and clean skin. A Granny Smith is a deep green with an occasional pink blush of the cheeks.

Test its firmness by holding it in the palm of your hand. It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light. A Granny Smith may be less attractive, but the flesh is still good to eat after cutting.

Avoid ones with soft or dark spots. Also if the skin wrinkles, it was probably in cold storage for a long time.

2. Seasonal Information

Fresh Granny Smiths are available from Washington from September through November while cold storage product is available the rest of the year.

GalaThe Gala Apple
Gala's are excellent for both eating and baking. Native to New Zealand, it's now grown extensively in the United States since it's introduction in the 1970s.

A Gala is superb for desserts. It's also excellent for fresh eating and baking. Most Galas are yellow-gold with pink to red stripes, while some strains may be nearly solid red.

1. Selection Infromation

A good quality Gala will be firm with smooth and clean skin. The coloring will usually be yellow with red stripes, but some new strains are nearly solid red.

Test its firmness by holding it in the palm of your hand. It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.

Avoid ones with soft or dark spots. Also if the skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across, it was probably in cold storage too long.

2. Seasonal Information

Galas are one of the first Washington apple varieties to reach grocery stores each August. Because of their popularity and limited supply, they are not available for long.

WinesapThe Winesap Apple
Winesaps range from small to medium-sized to large. The tough, coarse skin is yellow on the shaded side, deep red elsewhere, with almost a violet hue.

Inside, the crisp, juicy flesh is yellow with red-tinged veins. Some feel the taste almost has a red-wine flavour; to others, it tastes spicy. The taste is also somewhat tart.

Winesap's make great applesauce and marinades. Here's a simple and tasty applesauce recipe:

--In a saucepan, combine a Winesap, water, sugar, and cinnamon.

--Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.

--Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

McIntoshThe Unique McIntosh
McIntosh's have a red and green skin, a tart flavor, and tender white flesh. It is traditionally the most popular variety in Eastern Canada and New England, well known for the pink sauce unpeeled McIntoshes make.

It's great to eat and is well suited for applesauce, cider, and pies. It is extremely common to find this particular cultivar packed in children's lunches across North America owing to its small to medium size and longstanding reputation as a healthy snack.

1. Selection Information

A Good-quality McIntosh will be firm with smooth, clean skin and have good color for the variety.

Test its firmness by holding it in the palm of your hand. It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.

Avoid ones with soft or dark spots. Also if the skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, it was probably in cold storage too long.

2. Seasonal Information

Fresh McIntoshs are available from Washington from September through February while cold storage product is available from January through June.


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