In September and October — the peak months for apple season in North America — communities all over the nation celebrate the apple, one of the most delicious and ubiquitous fruits. Originally from Central Asia, archaeologists have found evidence of humans eating this member of the rose family as early as 6500 B.C. Today, 7,500 varieties of apple are grown around the world; 2,500 total varieties are grown in the U.S. (about 100 varieties grown commercially).

There’s an old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and that may just be true. An unpeeled apple contains about 100 calories, 2.4 grams of dietary fiber and is a healthy source of antioxidants. Preliminary evidence suggests nutrients and some phytochemicals apples (with skin on) contain may even prevent certain types of cancer.

For travelers, apples are terrific because they’re available year-round, they’re inexpensive and they travel well. In fact, sliced apple and a bit of cheese is a go-to snack for me on the road.

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