One of the best parts of atumn in central New York is that apples are in season. As you probably know, New York State apples are just about the best in the world.

There are so many varieties of apples, from McIntosh and Golden Delicious, to Empire and Macoun (which is my favorite). But, have you ever heard of Acey Macs, Cameo, Fuji and Paula Reds?

Some apples are best for making pies, some for apple sauce, some varieties make better cider, and some are just best plain eating apples. The New York Apple Association has information on which apples to use for various recipes.

For a a list of apple varieties grown in New York State and a description of each, click here.

And you know what they say, "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away". Here are just a few of the nutritional benefits of applest, according to

"Apples are considered a healthy source of carbohydrates because they are packed with fiber and other essential nutrients.

Apples, apple juice shown to prevent early atherosclerosis.

An apple peel a day might keep cancer at bay, Cornell food science study finds!

Apple consumption during pregnancy reduces risk for childhood wheezing and asthma.

A recent Cornell University study shows that disease-fighting chemicals in apples could reduce the risk of breast cancer!

A recent study shows that the nutrients in apples may improve memory and learning. It's food for thought!

New York State apples are a healthy choice for a nutrional low carb diet.

New research shows that eating a couple of apples a day may significantly cut your risk of heart disease."

For more nutrtional research findings, click here.

And if you love apple cider, watch this video!