Delicious and crunchy apples are one of the most popular and widely cultivated fruits worldwide.

Hundreds of varieties of apples are either eaten raw or used in cooking and baking.

Apples have been cultivated for more than 3000 years. The ancient Greeks, Etruscans, Romans and Egyptians were among early cultivators.

Close to 20 different varieties of apples are grown in Ontario. The province’s major apple producing areas are along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

The Norfolk Fruit Growers Association provides Food Services’ with their fresh, healthy apples from Norfolk County.

  • McIntosh
  • Red Delicious
  • Empire
  • Idared
  • Crispin
  • Golden Delicious
  • Spartan
  • Cortland
  • Northern Spy
Apples are an excellent source of soluble fibre and vitamin C, and are packed with flavonoids.

Eat apples as they are, peel and all, to get the maximum health benefits!

Look for fresh, bright, firm apples, free of wrinkles and bruises.
Apples can be kept at food temperature or in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.

Larger quantities should be kept in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place, such as garages or cellars. Cover loosely with plastic to keep humidity in the apple container.

Before consuming, rinse off and buff the apple.

Bake with cinnamon and brown sugar, slice and dry, simmer in a sauce, or turn into pies, dumplings, cobblers, crumbles and brown bettys.

To prevent browning when preparing apples, sprinkle the cut surfaces with lemon juice.

Seasonal Availability
January to June, August to December

Nutrition per 1 apple with skin (138 g):

Nutrient Value
Calories 72
Carbohydrates 19 g
Total Sugar 14 g
Total Dietary Fibre 2.6 g
Calcium 8 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Potassium 148 mg
Magnesium 7 mg
Vitamin C 6 mg

Provided by Health Canada