An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This old English proverb shows that there is little discussion about the health benefits of apples. Apples are rich in dietary fibres, which makes them good for the digestion. They also have a high content of potassium and antioxidants and are low in calories. Their fresh sour flavour makes them very tasty too.
Along with pears and figs, apples belong to the pome fruits. Apple trees (Malus domestica) predominate in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. In the Spring the trees flush pink with apple blossom. For most varieties September/October is harvest time.
Apples were eaten in Europe as early as the Stone Age. Apples were cultivated in the Mediterranean some four thousand years before Christ. It is thought that the apple was spread via the old Silk Road, once the foremost connection between East and West. In China the technique of grafting was invented, which enabled new varieties to be developed. There are now thousands of apple varieties.
Our dried apples come from Poland. They are small apples with a red skin and white pulp. These high quality apples are rich in malic acid and free from sulphur dioxide. Berrico supplies the dried apples with or without skin in different sizes and forms, making them suitable for both industrial processing and for packers.