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Apple of My Eye
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You might wonder what I’m speaking of if I refer to a Golden Russet, Golden Spire, or Golden Supreme. But if I talk about a Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, or Gravenstein it would clear the air. There are over 7,500 cultivars of this pomaceous fruit and it’s one of the most popular in the world.

Apples have been around a long time and were first grown thousands of years ago in Asia and Europe. (We sometimes think Eve ate an apple from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but the Bible doesn’t specify this.) European colonists brought the hardy fruit to North America. Today about 69 million tons of apples are grown around the world. Half of them come from China.1

There are many ways to enjoy apples. They are used in baking (I love apple crisp!), cooking, sweetening, drinking (cider or juice), and fresh eating. Most of us have eaten caramel apples and apple pie, but have you enjoyed apple crumble or apple cake? Of course there is also apple jelly, apple butter, and apple sauce. Our family also likes the chewy taste of dried apples.

There’s an old proverb that states, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It actually came from Pembrokeshire in Wales and originally stated, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”2 There’s a lot of truth in the health benefits of this crunchy, mouth-watering package of food. Apples are packed with fiber (4 grams for a medium apple) and yet full of sweetness. At only 95 calories, it’s the perfect snack.

Satisfy Your Hunger

If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, eat apples. They quickly satisfy your hunger with only a few calories. Research also shows apples can lower your cholesterol. They’re also filled with antioxidants and pectin, which add even more to their nutritional value and lower the risk of heart disease.3

The Bible refers to apples in about 10 different places. Solomon speaks of his lover as an apple tree among the trees of the woods (Song of Solomon 2:3), as desiring apples to refresh him when he is lovesick (2:5), as his lover having the fragrance of breath like apples (7:8), and courting her under an apple tree (8:5). You’d think he was an apple farmer!

God calls His children the “apple of His eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10). The original Hebrew for this phrase literally means, “Little man of the eye” speaking of the reflection of yourself in the eye of another. It simply means that God is very fond of us. We are cherished by the Lord above all others.

The next time you bite into a delicious apple, just remember how much you are loved by God!

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Curtis Rittenour. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION ©.

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple
2 Ibid.
3 http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/5_health_benefits_of_an_apple?page=3

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