Animal studies have also reveal remarkable health benefits tied to apple consumption. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists concluded that apples extended the lives of fruit flies by 10% and preserved their ability to remain active. Despite the lack of physical resemblance, fruit flies are often used as stand-ins for humans in nutrition research due to their genetic similarities, particularly in disease vulnerability.
A large apple also packs over five grams of dietary fiber, 20% of the minimum daily target, a boon for heart health and weight control. Other studies have linked apples to better blood sugar regulation, improved lung function, a boost in friendly bacteria tied to digestive health and an increase in muscle mass. In short, this mythical fruit of the gods is modern protective medicine.
Apple was once the generic term for all fruits and nuts, with the exception of berries.
These baking apples pair perfectly with a Gewürztraminer, an aromatic and slightly sweet white wine.
In an autumnal spice cake, these little gems are sensational when accompanied by a California sparkler.
When simmered in an apple cider sauce and then spooned over a roast chicken, these apples go great with a Central Coast Pinot.
Sauternes, a sweet French wine, is always the best bet when delighting in a Honeycrisp galette.
Baked in a cheddar pie, these apples are complemented by something effervescent and light—like a flute of Champagne.
LOCAL BEER PICKS TO PAIR WITH APPLE PIE
Trois Filles Tripel – by Ladyface Ale Companie
A fruity, spicy, medium-light bodied Belgian-style Tripel – ABV 8.3%
Solidarity – by Eagle Rock Brewery
A black, English-style Mild with notes of coffee & dark chocolate – ABV 3.8%
Hefeweizen – by Golden Road Brewery
A refreshing Bavarian staple, brewed with local, organic citrus – ABV 4.6%
Rosa’s Hips– by Monkish Brewing Company
A Belgian-style brown ale, spiced with rose hips – ABV 7.3%
Hyperion’s Double Stout – by El Segundo Brewery
A faint bite of coffee balances out the strong chocolate flavor and aroma– ABV 7.5%
Rubia– by Beachwood BBQ Brewing
A Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale with floral notes and an aroma of baked bread– ABV 6.8%