Great article about a highly nutritious apple from New Zealand called Monty's Surprise
"The institute tested the [Monty Surprise] apples and compared them with 250 other varieties. The apples from the roadside tree had exceptionally high levels of phytonutrients. In fact, the skin of the apples had more flavonoids than any other known variety of apple and the second highest amount of beneficial compounds called proanthocyanidins"
You can read about it at their organization's website Tree Crop Research.
From their website:
Comparison of Levels of Health-Promoting Compounds
Total Flavonoids: Apple flavonoids are found almost entirely in the skin and are composed of glycosides of quercetin. Quercetin glycosides are powerful antioxidants but have other biological properties such as anti-cancer activity that may be beneficial. In several populations apple is the major source of quercetin after onion. Apple is a good dietary source of quercetin.
Skin (ug/cm2) Flesh (ug/g FW)
Monty's Surprise 398.8 20.9
Red Delicious 108.9 4.5
Pacific Rose 111.2 4.1
Procyanidins: Although there is little evidence that procyanidins are absorbed into the body there is direct evidence to support their use for enhancing health. Procyanidins are effective antioxidants and have other activities such as inhibition of platelet activity. Several successful antioxidant products are based on procyanidins including grape seed extract and pine bark extract (Enzogenol and Pycnogenol). Some other fruits also contain substantial procyanidin concentrations such as grape, and persimmon. Additionally, the health properties of cocoa (and chocolate) are promoted due to the high procyanidin content.
Monty's Surprise 722.0 1426.5
Red Delicious 452.5 546.7
Pacific Rose 233.7 323.5
If these are as good as they say they are why aren't we fighting harder to get them here? A few thoughts:
1) If someone has one, please contact me offline
2) Does the US have an equivalent?
3) Would people be interested in a kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to get the USDA approvals needed to legally bring the scions and seeds into the country. It may not be that hard, it may be an issue of getting Americans to 'pull' them in versus New Zealanders trying to 'push' the scions in. I don't know the process of getting scions in, it may not be that hard. If we need to do the kickstarter to fund USDA lobbying, tests, whatever it is, I am sure we can come up with a way for Paul to be the "Supreme Executive Producer with Bacon, Cheese and Sparkles" of the project.
In medieval times there was a saying 'Ate an apfel avore gwain to bed makes the doctor beg his bread', which we now know as 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'. We have begun, firstly with the identification of Monty's Surprise as a high health variety, and secondly with the distribution of these apple trees throughout the Wanganui region and further afield, a model that we hope will turn this ancient saying into a reality, once more.
I think this is true. Eating a modern Fuji Apple from supermarket may not be as healthy as you think it is.
According to this study our most nutritious apple is the Ida Red. It isn't generally available in stores but can be found at several local orchards in our area. I especially like Ida Reds because they are great keepers in our root cellar. They generally last until the first of August of the following year.
G. M. Huber and H. P. V. Rupasinghe. Phenolic proles and antioxidant properties of apple skin extracts. J. Food Sci., 74(9):693, 2009.
I have planted a variety of trees and would be very interested in adding Monty's Surprise to my collection. Perhaps it too would be an excellent keeper.