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Malus domestica is the serious-sounding scientific name for the simple apple tree. But there is certainly nothing simple about the complex nutritional composition of it’s fruit. The “daily apple prescription” for good health has long been chanted, so let’s look at why.


Originating in central Asia, the fruit of Malus domestica comes with some serious nutritional credentials. Because apples are in season now, you may well be impressed as you consider your next fruit crumble dessert.


  • High in fibre, with a low glycemic index,

  • Friendly gut food and digestive function to moderate blood sugar,

  • Significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium.


Also present in the list of health-giving attributes are the strong antioxidant plant compounds, the phytochemicals quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid. (Try saying those four three times at speed to impress the kids).


There are multiple varieties of apples on sale in Australia. Our farmers grow around 1.6 billion apples yearly and we eat about 200 million kilos each year. (Obviously, as a population, not as an individual – but you couldgive it a go!).


So, Apple Crumble anyone?

As you know, any in-season fruit can be gently heated to provide a delicious, warm and comforting centre for a dessert. But for an interesting crumble topping, it is so easy to use Granudie granola in place of the usual ingredient combination.


The warm buttery fragrance coming from the kitchen will have them scrambling to spoon on extra custard and cream, yoghurt and ice cream. And to inspire your Aussie apple offering further, our beloved Granny Smiths have thirteen times more phytonutrients than some other varieties.


What about trying a reverse-crumble? — Granudie underneath, with something warm on top.


Imagination rules!


Until next time.

Millie

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