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How to Peel the Skin Off Apples

By Stephanie Dube Dwilson ; Updated August 14, 2017

Apple peels are rich in nutrients that may even reduce your risk of some forms of cancer, according to Cornell University researchers. While nutritious, some people prefer to peel their apples before eating. For some, it's a taste preference, while others do it out of health concerns. Iowa State Extension Service recommends peeling the skin from apples that have been waxed, which includes most apples available at grocery stores. Waxing extends storage time, but can also trap pesticides between the wax and the apple skin. Apples purchased fresh from farmers markets and produce stands are typically unwaxed.

  1. Wash the apple before peeling. This prevents you from contaminating the inner flesh with dirt or wax on the outside of the apple.

  2. Use a sharp knife to peel the apple. The proper equipment makes the job go faster and reduces the risk of cutting yourself by having to force a dull knife under the apple's skin.

  3. Peel the apple by slipping the sharp edge of the knife under the skin, near the stem of the apple. Rotate the knife around, gradually sliding the knife down so that the peel comes off in one long strip.

  4. Rinse the apple with clear water and serve promptly. Peeled, apples quickly turn brown from exposure to the air.

  5. Tip

    Regardless of how you prepare it, current recommendations are five to 12 servings of fruits and vegetables each day for optimal health.

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