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What are apples? About the ingredient apples. Including 1,732 recipes with apples, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Apples can be canned or juiced. They are sometimes milled to produce apple cider (non-alcoholic, sweet cider) and filtered for apple juice. The juice can be fermented to make cider (alcoholic, hard cider), ciderkin, and vinegar. Through distillation, various alcoholic beverages can be produced, such as applejack, Calvados, and apple wine. Pectin and apple seed oil may also produced.


Health Benefits

Apples are an important ingredient in many desserts, such as apple pie, apple crumble, apple crisp and apple cake.

They are often eaten baked or stewed, and they can also be dried and eaten or reconstituted (soaked in water, alcohol or some other liquid) for later use.

Puréed apples are generally known as apple sauce. Apples are also made into apple butter and apple jelly. They are also used (cooked) in meat dishes.


  • In the UK, a toffee apple is a traditional confection made by coating an apple in hot toffee and allowing it to cool. Similar treats in the US are candy apples (coated in a hard shell of crystallised sugar syrup), and caramel apples, coated with cooled caramel.
  • Apples are eaten with honey at the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year.
  • Farms with apple orchards may open them to the public, so consumers may themselves pick the apples they will buy. 

Organic apples are commonly produced in the United States. Organic production is difficult in Europe, though a few orchards have done so with commercial success, using disease-resistant cultivars and the very best cultural controls. The latest tool in the organic repertoire is a spray of a light coating of kaolin clay, which forms a physical barrier to some pests, and also helps prevent apple sun scald.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup slices (110g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 52Calories from Fat 1
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14.0g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 6%
Sugars 11.1
Protein 0.3g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 1% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Apples are usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Apples are a member of the Fruits and Fruit Juices USDA nutritional food group.

How much do apples weigh?

measure grams
1 cup slices 110
1 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb) 128

In Chinese:苹果
British (UK) term: Apples
en français:les pommes
en español:las manzanas

Recipes using apples

There are 1622 recipes that contain this ingredient.

 Warm Red Cabbage and Apple Salad
100% Whole Wheat Apple Muffins
Alice's Breakfast Apple Pancakes
Almost Perfect Apple Pie
Almost Whole Wheat Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Almost Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes
Amazin' Raisin Cake
Another Morning Glory Muffin
Apfelpfannkuchen (German Apple Pancakes)
Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)
Apple  Celery and Walnut Salad
Apple Almond Strudel

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