Gee Whiz! I’ve Got A Costco-Sized Apple

I bought the biggest apple I have ever seen today. It was a Gee Whiz Fuji from Washington state that weighed in at 10 ounces. I thought it would disappoint in flavor, due to its Costco size and because it’s a good five months past the peak apple harvest.However, I was pleasantly surprised when I bit into it and it was crisp, juicy and sweet–a perfect Fuji.

I think our domestic apples are nutritionally unappreciated and they provide great value. From my calculations, the ginormous Fuji provided about 170 calories, 7 grams fiber and a hefty amount of potassium. But, it probably blew away many other fruits when it comes to antioxidants. The USDA antioxidant database shows that red apples are among some of the best sources of antioxidants among fresh fruit.

For me, the best part of eating apples is how filling they are. I ate about half this apple about 2:00 pm and it kept me from snacking until I started cooking dinner, or a good three hours. That’s the beauty of all fruit; you get a huge volume of food for a relatively small amount of calories.

–Julie

Comments

  1. I love these Fuji apples! Because their big size, i would cut one apple into pieces, and munch on it while studying… keeps me full for a while, and prevents me from snacking on unhealthy stuff!

  2. Leann Matlik, RD says:

    I had a similar experience, though my apple weighed in at 13.75 ounces!! I teach exchange counting for weight managment to my patients and like to use this story to caution them that sometimes one piece of fruit can count as all 3 of their fruit servings for the day in our “jumbo everything” world today!

  3. Chris Douglas says:

    Hi, my name is Chris. I live in Hualien Taiwan. We have great fruit and vegetable markets here but apples seem to be quite rare. So I always have to inspect the fruit that comes from overseas that always seem to look a bit tired and a bit old. So I was amazed to see some Gee Whiz apples. They looked perfect. So I bought some. They tasted lovely. Because they looked like something out of a fairy tale my first thought was GMS. I hope I’m wrong.

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