Shimla apples encompass many different varieties that range in size from small to large and from round to oblate to conical in shape. The skin can be waxy, glossy, or smooth and in hues of red, green, yellow, or orange. The skin may also be solid or bi-colored with striping and blush like the apple pictured above. The flesh, depending on the variety, can be firm, pale yellow to cream-colored, juicy, crunchy, or crisp. Shimla apples range in flavors from sweet to tart and can be aromatic or mild in scent.
A medium apple — with a diameter of about 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) — equals 1.5 cups of fruit. Two cups of fruit daily are recommended on a 2,000-calorie diet.
One medium apple — 6.4 ounces or 182 grams — offers the following nutrients
- Calories: 95
- Carbs: 25 grams
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Vitamin C: 14% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
- Potassium: 6% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 5% of the RDI
What’s more, the same serving provides 2–4% of the RDI for manganese, copper, and vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6.
Apples are also a rich source of polyphenols.