Which Apple is a Granny.
Even if you are not an apple variety expert, most of us know which one is a Granny Smith apple. They are the green ones that are sour enough to make most people pucker. My grandfather used to eat them after sprinkling a little salt on them and he got me hooked on this odd habit when I was a kid. Somehow, the salt almost seems to cut the puckering sourness, which is probably why the old-timers ate them that way.
You either like sour, tart foods or you don’t, but even if you don’t, you may want to reconsider giving this emerald gem another try. To some apple eaters, this is their favorite variety, and now they have another reason to eat the sourest of the apple varieties.
Recent Research on Apples and Obesity.
In a study published in the journal Food Chemistry in 2014, a team of researchers analyzed how the bioactive compounds of seven different varieties of apples – Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Red Delicious – affected the good gut bacteria of diet-induced obese mice.
The researchers found that, compared with all other apple varieties, Granny Smiths appeared to have the most beneficial effect on good gut bacteria. They suggest that their findings may lead to strategies that prevent obesity and its associated disorders.
This goes along with the recent popular trend of consuming apple cider vinegar to improve gut health as well. Being a fermented product of the apple industry makes apple cider vinegar (ACV) extremely beneficial for the stomach.
So don’t wince and scurry passed those green apples in the markets. If you just can’t get over the tartness, try my Grandfather’s trick of sprinkling them with a little salt before every bite. It may prove well worth it.
Do we sell Grannys at Bluebird Orchards? You bet we do. Available this fall harvest season.