Apples as a fruit have a special place in the hearts of Americans. The saying goes, “It’s as American as apple pie” is well known. One of the first American legends was Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman, the wandering nurseryman who spread apple trees throughout the early American Midwest.
But the advantages of eating apples go beyond fond memories. A recent study from The Ohio State University has found that the saying, “Eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t just an old wives tale, it is actually true.
Health Benefits of Apples
As Americans become more health conscious, we become more familiar with issues related to health and incorporate that into our shopping choices. We look for “low cholesterol” foods and labels with “No Transfat.”
The irony is that we need to look no farther than our own backyard (if one has an apple tree that is) to find one of the best nutritional food choices available to combat heart disease.
The study from Ohio State found:
In a study of healthy, middle-aged adults, consumption of one apple a day for four weeks lowered by 40 percent blood levels of a substance linked to hardening of the arteries.
Other power nutritional foods that can be grown in a home garden are: blueberries, broccoli, beans, beets, spinach, and sweet potatoes (most of which are or will be available in our garden store.)
Learn How to Grow an Apple Tree in Texas
Are you convinced that no backyard should be without an apple tree? If so, we invite you to join us for our Saturday seminar, “Citrus and Fruit Trees with John Panzarella” from 10 am to 12 pm on January 26th here at the Kingwood Garden Store.
John will cover how to grow fruit trees, including apple trees, in Texas and some of the best trees to grow in Texas and our Houston microclimate.