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Cox ApplesThe origin of the apple is not definitely known, but the tree originated by hybridization between several species, probably in the area of the Caucasus. Charred remains of apples have been found in the prehistoric lake dwellings of Switzerland dating back 750,000 years. Alexander the Great is credited with finding dwarfed apples in Asia Minor in 300 BCE and brining them back to the West. Apples were a favourite fruit of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It was the Romans that first introduced the apple tree to these shores. Today there are over 7,000 varieties of apples in the world market!

Apples have a low GI (38) and low calories per gram. In effect they fill you up without being fattening, proving to be a great in between meal snack. It gets better their special combination of phytochemicals has been shown to reduce the oxidation of cholesterol, the process that contributes to hardening of the arteries.

The Braeburn apple is crisp, without being hard, and very juicy. It snaps cleanly to the bite, and there is an immediate rush of strong apple flavours.  The overall flavour is sharp and refreshing but with a good balance of sweetness - and never sugary.

Gala Apple
One of the most widely-grown apple varieties, known for its sweet pleasant flavour and good keeping qualities.

Golden Delicious
Golden Delicious is a large, yellow skinned cultivar and very sweet to the taste.

Granny Smith
Granny Smith ApplePerhaps the most instantly recognisable of all apple varieties and one of the most widely known.

Granny Smith is also one of Australia's most famous exports, after been discovered by a Mrs Mary (Granny) Smith.

As its name suggests, this is a cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious. Jonagold is a large apple, and makes a substantial snack. If you are struggling to eat your 5 portions of fruit and veg per day this can help.

Russet Apple
Russet AppleIf you look for something a bit of variety in your selection, then the Russet is certainly unique in appearance! Despite this the Russet has many of the characteristics which mark out a good apple: a harmony of flavour and texture, and a good balance between sweetness and sharpness.