How to Pick the Perfect Apple
Nothing can compare with the sweetness of a fresh, juicy apple. Besides being tasty and nutritious, apples have heaps of great benefits that make them all the more worth eating. For example, apples are rich in fiber, so they keep your heart healthy. Apples are also slightly acidic and this astringent property makes them ideal for cleaning and whitening the teeth. That's right, the acid content of an apple, in conjunction with its fiber-rich and juicy flesh, is capable of getting you your set of pearly whites. Crunchy apples are like natural toothbrushes that scrub the stains off your teeth when they are chewed. This blog post will give you all the tips you need to avoiding unripe, mealy, or tasteless apples forever.
What to look for: There are more than 7,500 types of apples, so size and color are not a testament to quality. Select firm, fragrant, bruise-free apples that feel heavy for their size. A sweet cooling aroma is an indication of freshness. Apples are best when they are relatively crisp and firm but not quite rock hard. Macintosh apples are the exception to this rule, and they are sweetest when they are slightly soft.
What to avoid: Avoid wrinkled, bruised, or waxy feeling apples because they will be over ripe and have a mushy texture.
Storage: Keep apples in a cool dry place such as a fruit basket for up to three weeks. Refrigerating apples will diminish their aroma. Avoid storing apples in direct sunlight.
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