Grown in: Argentina
Why We Love Them: Dehydrated apples are a light, fluffy and beautiful ingredient in a muesli. They are naturally sweet and therefore need no added sugars. Everyone's heard "An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away," but why? Well for starters, apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Apples are also a rich source of polyphenols. While nutrition labels don't list these plant compounds, they are likely responsible for many of the health benefits.
Sustainability Factors: Apples are grown in the U.S. but most of the crop goes toward fresh produce. Our supplier is a long-term trusted partner and grower-owned business and their dehydrated apples come from Argentina. This region does have a culture of sustainable agriculture, and the nature of perennial tree crops and permanent ground cover grows soil rather than washing it away. We are working to find a source of dehydrated apples in the U.S. Also, apples are on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) dirty dozen for pesticide use so we need to due some laboratory testing for pesticides or source organically before giving this ingredient a higher sustainability score.