Oh, the French do love their pommes. Now that it is officially apple season, television newscasts have been treating us to statistic filled reportages about the constant and ever growing popularity of the humble pomme.
We were told that they are the country’s favorite fruit and that the French tend to be open minded about the varieties.
On average the French eat 41.8 pounds of apples per person, per year. (That’s 19 kilos.) Interestingly, those over 5o consume about nine pounds more that the rest of the population annually. That’s a lot of apples.
Women interviewed confided that apples are their secret weight watching trick. “Apples are the perfect appetite suppressant,” they said. (You may recall that our doctor said there are two ingredients to a successful regime: “The decision and apples.”)
A few statistics. . .
The time of day apples are consumed (One must admit, researchers studying les pommes were having a good time, or wasting a lot of time. . .):
- 22.4% at breakfast
- 45% between breakfast and lunch — in other words, a snack.
- 47.5% after dinner
- 87% as an afternoon snack
I’m assuming these percentages mean “this is when people who eat apples, eat apples,” if you see what I mean?
More fun facts. . .
How apples are consumed:
- Out of the hand — one of the world’s most conveniently portable snacks or desserts.
- A tarte aux pommes, well of course.
- As a compote.
- As a salad ingredient.
- As a replacement for a meal — now, that’s one serious dieter.
I do like Granny Smith apples and baked apples are a special treat with a little honey, but I would rather have a pear any day.
I checked on the calories: One apple = 52 calories. One pear = 57 calories. Or, how about this: Apples and pears mixed together in a compote. Divine.