Best Apple Recipes and Meal Ideas

Whether you like green apples, red apples or a mixture, we have the perfect recipes with apples to make the most of them. From winter through to spring, enjoy the bittersweet taste of this acidic fruit.

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Apples are nutritional powerhouses

Originally hailing from Asia, there are over 8,000 apple varieties today. These tasty nutritional powerhouses are a versatile kitchen essential, making them a must for your family meal plan.

Apples are low-calorie fruits that have a low glycemic index. This is because they are packed with polyphenols and fibre. Much of this fibre also comes from gut-loving pectin, which helps to feed your 'good' bacteria and maintain a healthy digestion. Apples also provide vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A and magnesium, as well as quercetin, catechin and chlorogenic acids, which are all powerful antioxidants.

What type of apples are the best for cooking?

Whether you're baking an apple pie, cooking one of our apple burger recipes or preparing an apple sauce for your pork loin recipe, here are the best types of apples to use for cooking easy recipes:
  • Pink Lady Apples: Classic, balanced flavour of sweet and bitter that works for baking or cooking
  • Granny Smith Apples: Crisp and fresh these apples are ideal for winter recipes
  • Red Delicious Apples: The star of a range of apple desserts, this one is ideal during summer
  • Fuji Apple: This is the perfect apple for an apple salad recipe, as it balances the taste buds

How to store apples

Firstly, choose a variety that will last if you aren't planning to eat your fruit quickly. For example, Granny Smith varieties have a thicker skin and tarty flavour that lasts for longer than Golden Delicious apples, which are sweeter and have a thinner skin. Be sure not to store apples near bananas in a bowl, or they will spoil faster. This is because banana skins contain ethylene, which speeds up the ripening process.

In the fridge, keep apples away from potatoes and onions, as well as any strong-smelling foods, as they will absorb the aromas. Also, don't stack them, as this can lead to brown spots and damaged skin. If you plan to eat your newly purchased apple within 2-3 days, it will be fine on the counter or in a fruit bowl. In all other cases, store your apples in the crisper drawer of your fridge, where they will stay reasonably fresh for up to a whole month.

Apple Recipe FAQs

How to stew apples?

To stew an apple, you must soften it in a pan of boiling water over a stove. Slice it up and place it in the water with a heap of caster sugar. Once it has reached boiling point, leave for five minutes. Stir and boil for another two minutes, then your stewed apples should be ready to enjoy.

Are apple seeds poisonous?

The seeds of an apple do contain small amounts of cyanide, which is poisonous to humans when over-consumed. Whilst this is usually not enough to do harm, some experts advise staying away from apple seeds and removing the core of your apples before eating.

How to make apple sauce?

Following the same steps as stewing your apples, remove the stewed apple mixture from the pan once cooled and place it into a food processor. Process the apples until they reach the correct consistency of apple sauce, and then serve on the side of road pork, glazed ham or another recipe of your choice.

How should you store apples?

If you plan to eat your apple within 2-3 days, it will be fine on the counter. Otherwise, you can store your apples in the crisper drawer of your fridge for up to a month.

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