Contributor Sheryl Estrada - Food Thought Thursday, Apple Season

Our Thursday contributor is Sheryl Estrada. She'll be posting every Thursday as our Food Thought Thursday Contributor. Sheryl Estrada is a journalist with more than 10 years of experience in lifestyle writing. She earned a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, and a master's degree from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Sheryl is an advocate of conscious eating, and enjoys sharing her food explorations.

A Golden Delicious, Gala, with Rome Beauties.

I'm not describing a newsworthy event, rather, mentioning different types of apples you might encounter this fall season - apple season.

In the U.S. the fruit is abundant, and a staple in fall festivities. But, truth be told, apples aren't the most glamorous fruit.

The proverb, "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away" kind of makes apple eating sound like a chore. Let's face it, they are not as exotic as juicy, ripe mangoes, or as even as zesty as citrus fruit. I wasn't fond of them, until I had an apple epiphany.

Over ten years ago, I had the opportunity as a student to study abroad in Spain. We visited the El Gaitero cider factory in Asturias to see how Asturian apples made their transition into sparkling cider. That's when I realized what apples have going for them -- their diversity and ability to be used creatively. From cider to pork tenderloin with apples to pie, they are good for any meal.

Even though it's cliche, the proverb holds true as apples provide high levels of nutrition, and at a relatively low cost. The fruit has been suggested to reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer. They also work as an aid in lowering cholesterol levels and supporting weight loss.

There are so many different types of apples to choose from, you can find one to your liking. I'm fond of Fuji.

Get your kids and teens into exploring apples. After all, it is the fruit that inspired the makers of the iPad and iPhone.

So, here's to apples. Enjoy them this fall.

If you like a tart taste, Grammy Smith apples might be your best bet. Try them in Marcus Sammuelsson's recipe for Apple Cake found in "New American Table" by Marcus Samuelsson (Wiley 2009).