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Food Type: Fruit

Age Suggestion: 6 months +

Nutrition Rating: 

Poop Friendly: Yes

Common Allergen: No

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When can babies have apples ?

Apples may be introduced as soon as a baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age, as long as the fruit is deseeded and cooked until soft .

Are apples

healthy

for babies?

Yes. You can count on apples for lots of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and antioxidants to help a growing baby thrive. Nutrients vary depending on the variety of apple; for example, red apples contain a special type of antioxidant called anthocyanins, which may support cardiovascular health and the gut microbiome. All apples are packed with nutrition to strengthen the immune system, promote healthy skin and cellular growth, regulate bowel movements, and grow a healthy gut microbiome. 

It's a fact!

Apples have been found as a part of the diet of early humans and recorded as early as Adam & Eve. Today, apples are the #1 fruit consumed in the US.. In 1929, Russian scientist Nikolai Vavilov first traced the apple genome. He identified the primary ancestor of most cultivars of the domesticated apple to be the ancient apple tree: Malus sieversii. Malus sieversii is a wild apple, native to Central Asia, specifically to the Tian Shan Mountains of Kazakhstan, where they have been growing over millions of years and where they can still be found fruiting today. The original wild apples grew in ‘apple forests’ at the foot of the snow-tipped mountains and spread over miles and miles

Trade along the Silk Road likely enabled the development of the apple we know today. Gradually, both the fruit and the trees themselves made their way throughout western Europe, and by the early 1700’s, European colonists brought apples to the Americas. In the US, apples expanded rapidly throughout the country’s first century of independence, driven in large part by the work of John, “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, who established apple nurseries in many states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and Illinois. 

Today apples and oranges are the top U.S. fruit choices