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Apples - the noblest of fruits


"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits." -- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples

Apples have had a tumultuous history. It started with Eve. We all know the story. Living in the Garden of Eden, the devil in the form of a snake convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit; she in turn persuaded Adam to try it. And the pair found themselves out of the garden, but a heck of a lot wiser. Fast forward to Snow White, again our hero is taken down by a (poison) apple.

According to the Hot Word

Up until the 17th century, the word “apple” meant all fruit other than berries but including nuts.

In Latin, the words for “apple” and “evil” are similar. Mālum is the word for “apple;” mălum is the word for “an evil or a misfortune.”

That sounds like a bum rap! In the nutrition and nutrition education world we know – apples are nutritious! They are a core part (pun intended) for the USDA MyPlate fruits and vegetable options. According to the USDA, a medium apple (with skin) has only 100 calories and contains Vitamin a, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.

October is National Apple month! It’s time to take back the apple reputation. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Think of the Apple Computer brand name. (Steve Jobs worked on a community farm in Oregon. Although he was also a big fan of Apple Records so that may plan in too.) And Andi Apple, the latest Learning ZoneXpress Garden hero (shown on the right), has been a big hit this month.

So draw on the allure and temptation of the apple to get your kids (maybe yourself) interested in apples. They make great snacks – and pies and sauce. Tie in a trip to an apple orchard and you’ve got yourself a perfect autumn day for exercise and nutrition!

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