How to buy
A wide array of apples are available in New Zealand, such as Gala, Granny Smith and New Zealand Rose. Choose firm apples that have no bruises or discolouration – avoid any that are noticeably soft. Apples with full colour have absorbed high levels of sunshine, which means they will have a sweeter taste. Another trick to picking the perfect apple is to give it a sniff – fresh fruit should smell sweet and fragrant.
How to store
The best way to store apples is in the vegetable crisper in the fridge. However, if you are going to eat them within three days, they will be fine in a fruit bowl on the bench – just make sure they are kept out of direct sunlight.
- Hot apple pie is the ideal sweet treat served with vanilla ice cream. Coat fresh apple slices in cinnamon and sugar, then wrap in pastry and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can poach the apples before baking for a shorter time in the oven.
- Homemade apple sauce is great for sweet dishes, but is also tasty served with roast pork. Boil apples with water until soft, then add lemon and sugar before blending.
- Apple crumble is easy to make, and a great way to use well-ripened fruit. Add other fruit, such as rhubarb or blueberries, and bake in the oven with homemade crumble.
- Roasted apples make a great accompaniment for sausage casseroles or roasted pork, and even work with pork chops. Roast the apples with the meat, or on their own with butter and cinnamon.
Apples are incredibly popular, and rightly so. They are sweet in flavour but provide beneficial nutrients, and are great for aiding digestion. Apples are composed of carbohydrates and water, and contain simple sugars such as glucose and fructose. Surprisingly, apples are low GI, due to their high level of fibre. However, apples do contain FODMAPs, and are not ideal for people with IBS.