EN on Foods

September 2013 Issue

An Apple a Day

Apples (Malus domestica), part of the rose (Rosaceae) family, are among the most widely cultivated fruit trees. Along with pears, quince and loquats, apples are classified as pomes, fruits with many tiny seeds within a central core. There are more than 7,500 varieties of this white-fleshed favorite with skins of red, yellow and green. Flavor varies significantly by variety. Red and Golden Delicious are subtly sweet and often eaten whole and raw, as are the slightly tart Braeburn and Fuji; but Pippin and Granny Smith offer a very tart bite, with a taste and texture preferred in cooking.

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