You must go apple picking—it's practically a fall commandment. Yes, you'll overpick (the Oz family always does), but our guide offers dozens of ways to use 'em up deliciously.
Apple Anatomy Lesson: The skin is where many important nutrients are concentrated, like the antioxidant quercetin, the soluble fiber pectin, and compounds called triterpenoids that may help fight cancer. The flesh is 84% water but also provides vitamin C and the energy-boosting mineral boron. The seeds contain a cyanide compound (yes, the poison stuff) but not in a concentration that's high enough to be dangerous to humans—so don't worry if you accidentally swallow a couple.
Uses 1 apple.
Get the recipe: Kale & Apple Salad with Goat Cheese
Uses 12 apples. If you keep cooking the applesauce, you get apple butter!
Get the recipe: No-Sugar Applesauce & Apple Butter