IN-STORE NOW – New Season, Nannup Pears & Nannup – Pemberton Royal Gala Apples

Buying local has never tasted better with new in-season Nannup and Pemberton fresh fruit coming off the truck from farm to shop.  Tell your friends that Nannup’s favourite Nashi, Red Bartlett and Green Bartlett pears are in along with Royal Gala apples from Nannup and Pemberton.  As the local in-season fruit specialists we promise you will enjoy these sweet, crisp and locally farmed, premium quality in-season fruits.  Ask Dave to try before you buy and why not read on for our Fast Fruit FactsApples, to skin or not to skin? to find out some key nutritional info.

Firstly though, our Nannup pears are the perfect lunchbox size and add a welcome change for fruit options for school breaks.  For dedicated green smoothie enthusiasts, vegans, raw foodies and paleo dieters this season’s fruit offers great incentive to be creative with pear ingredients for yummy salad and healthy dessert recipes.

Fast Fruit Facts – Apples, to skin or not to skin?

To skin or not to skin is the question?  It all comes down to personal preference on texture and flavour however if you do skin, it does have a nutritional impact.  Juices made from skinned apples typically contain fewer amounts of vitamin C and dietary fiber, two essential parts of a balanced diet.

According to a study done by the University of Illinois, unpeeled apples are considerably more nutritious than peeled apples. Nearly half of the 8 milligrams of vitamin C is contained in part of the apple skin, along with practically all of the 4 grams of dietary fiber. The fragrance of the apple is generated by cells contained in the skin so biting into a skinned apple means it is more of a sensory experience as the skin adds to the aroma and flavour of ripe apples.

A medium unpeeled apple contains 73 International Units of vitamin A, 159 milligrams of potassium, 10 milligrams of phosphorus and 10 milligrams of calcium, with only 81 total calories. If you want to boost the nutritional value of your apple juice, keep the peels on.

Apples are well-known for their fiber content and getting enough fiber in your diet also regulates digestion and supports healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. So as highlighted it is nutritionally is worth keeping the skin on.

A few more nutritional tit bits, the sugar content in apples is in the form of fructose, which offers you a healthy dose of energy verse sugary processed snacks.  The Vitamin C content supports your immune system and produces collagen for healthy skin and wound healing.  Plus, Vitamin C also has antioxidant properties, which means that it fights free radical damage that can lead to health conditions that include cancer and heart disease.  Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy and sourcing these from fruits, vegetables and grains is highly beneficial.

Which means in summary that there are legs to the statement that an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Buy local, wash your apples and avoid arsenic???

Arsenic you say?  According to the US Food and Drug Administration, conventional apples may contain traces of arsenic due to the presence of chemicals in the water, air and soil. Now it may not apply directly to Australian processes, however if you buy imported fruits from multi-national companies you may end up with produce that a. has a high carbon fruit print plus b. has unknown nasties.  So buying local from The Garden Basket where fresh fruit is delivered from farm to shop means you enjoy the best quality of in-season produce.  A big plus is that you are ensuring the sustainability of local farmers whilst reducing the risks that can be associated with produce from unknown sources.

There is one rule of thumb no matter where you purchase apples from…..make it a good habit to always wash them before eating regardless of where you purchase them.

And knowing how much apples are a great grocery list staple, watch for the new season Granny Smith & Pink Lady apples due in-store from Anzac Day this April!