How many calories in an apple?
There are 80 calories in a medium apple weighing 154 grams according to the CDC.
It has no cholesterol, fat, protein, or sodium.
There are 22 grams of carbohydrates and 16 of those are sugars.
This fruit is a good source of dietary fiber (including pectins) with 5 grams or 18% daily value for an adult.
Most vitamins and minerals are low, but it does offer 8% daily value of Vitamin C.
Choosing the best apples depends on the variety
Select one that is firm without soft or bruised areas.
The color, shape, and size will depend on the variety.
And there are literally thousands of varieties available in commercial production internationally, and for the home garden.
Apple varieties can be red, green, yellow, white, pink, brown, almost black, with stripes, speckles, and russeting.
They can be huge like Zabergau Reinette, Wolf River, and a large Fuji, or small like the Lady apple, or tiny like crab apples.
They can be smooth or warty, shiny or dull-skinned.
With proper transportation and storage, they are available year-round, and they may be the world's favorite fruit.
Serving ideas for apples
Most people eat this fruit fresh for the taste and convenience.
However, if you do cook apples, you can make applesauce, applebutter, jelly, stew them with vegetables, make stuffing for entrees, and bake them into apple pies, cakes, and pastries.
You can use them for an elegant dessert, or simply cut them to serve with a cheese tray.
Note: fresh cut apple slices should be dipped in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
Because the calories in an apple are low, you can add the slices to healthy sandwiches and low-calorie fruit salads.
You can use some varieties to make cider, other varieties for juices and smoothies, and some for wines and liqueurs.
You can dry the slices and use them for baking, trail mix, or just an easy snack.
No wonder this fruit is one of the world's favorites!
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