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    Apples enrich the kitchen all year round. We’re showing the whole culinary spectrum of the apple from sweet to savory and reveal which healthy secrets are hidden under the skin. We’re also sharing our sweet and savory recipe for Apple Tarte with Lavender. Vitamins, fiber and positive side effects Americans consume about 18 pounds of fresh apples per capita each year. And rightly so! There are so many tasty apple varieties, with so many valuable nutrients. Although an apple is 85 percent water, it contains over 30 different vitamins including A, B, C, E and K, plus potassium, magnesium and folic acid. Plus, pectin — a beneficial fiber that helps to stabilize blood sugar, bind toxins such as cholesterol, and ensure a healthy, active intestinal flora. Pectin is also used as a vegetable gelling and binding agent. Varieties, characteristics and use Around 7,500 apple varieties are grown throughout the world, and more than 2,500 are grown in the United States. The Red Delicious is the most widely grown in the United States; but, Americans enjoy many more such as Gala, Jonagold, and Braeburn, to name a few. Thanks to the growth of the Slow Food movement, old varieties of apples have incr