"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"
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
I think this is true. Eating a modern Fuji Apple from supermarket may not be as healthy as you think it is.
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.
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Michael Lundahl wrote:Burnt Ridge Nursery in Washington State has these trees, in the ground, waiting for USDA to release them from quarantine before they dig them for bareroot sales. They expect that to happen in the next couple of weeks. I'm on the waitlist! They aren't on the website yet, but they are featured in their print catalog.
Sharon Moreno wrote:One thing I CANNOT find out about this cultivar is its hardiness zone. Does anyone else have that information available? I have a Monty’s Suprise on Antonovka rootstock.
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