“When she breaks the tender peel, to taste the apple in my hand, her breath will still, her blood congeal. Then I’ll be fairest in the land.” -The Evil Queen from Snow White I’m not sure about you but for me when fall comes around all I have on my mind are bright, juicy, crisp APPLES! Thanksgiving and Halloween are not complete without the taste of warm homemade apple pies or caramel apples. Apples are a wonderful component to our daily lives from the computer brand, to card games, sauces and gift for teachers. Apples play a major role in illuminating who we are as human beings while still being a fantastic choice of fruit. There are over 7,000 different types of apples. More common kinds of apples we find in our grocery stores are; Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Emperor, Granny Smith, McIntosh and my personal favourite, Honey Crisp. Each variation of flavour, colour and size of apple can serve a specific purpose, whether that’s eating,baking or bobbing for them, using them in cleansers and cosmetics, art projects, or decorations. This special fruit has all kinds of apple-ications. For instance apples are prevalent to scientific theory, if it were not for apples Isaac Newton may have never determined the laws of gravity. Apples are also made reference to in Holy Scripture a number of times, for example in the garden of Eden as the forbidden fruit, and in Psalm 17:8 to “Keep me as the apple of your eye…” as King David prays for safe keeping. Apples are also seen in the dramatic arts and are used as a weapon by the evil Queen from Snow White as she tempts, “Yes, one bite and all your dreams will come true”. Apples have even made their name known in the world of technology with Apple brand products like the iPod, iPhone and iMac. Apples are all around us and has proven to serve a higher purpose than just a midnight snack. Wait there’s more! Apples have countless health benefits too! In fact, apples are among the healthiest foods in the world. While I’m sure we aren’t all like the evil Queen with a hidden agenda of being the fairest in the land, I do feel that we’ve all taken “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” concept to heart. From having stronger and whiter teeth, to avoiding Alzheimer’s, decreasing the risk of getting diabetes, and gaining a healthier heart the benefits of apples for the human body are vast and numerous. For daily snacks apples are quick and easy for people on the go. A bowl of applesauce with cinnamon sprinkled on top (if you choose) can keep you full for hours, while apple chips can be easily packed to have when hunger strikes. Just eating an apple by itself for a snack will leave you satisfied and full until your next snack or meal time. As well, warm apple cider and a good book are a nice way to end your day. Not to mention, leftover apple crumble can make quite the nice breakfast item. If you're becoming bored and tired and finding it rather difficult to eat one apple a day you can always mix it up by having caramel dip with apple slices, combining other fruits with your apples in a salad or cutting your apple into bunny slices to liven up your day. Apples are one of my favourite foods and I have fond memories of following my great grandma’s apple pie recipe with my mom and younger sisters when I was younger. The accomplishment of making something like a pie from scratch is something I hope everyone tries at least once in their life and everyone knows things made with love always taste better than if it was store bought! Apples, like a family meal, bring people together, symbolize the importance of learning and come with the changing of the seasons. Here’s some food for thought- “apples have a core and so does every person”- Chloe Gardner. So enjoy this season as it comes and goes, and share your core values with the world around you- apples to apples!