APPLES are an ideal summer food. They help to cool the body down, dispersing the build up of heat, and clearing out excess mucus that may be prevalent during this season. The pectin aids detoxification, and their high fiber content supports intestinal cleansing, and may heal intestinal ailments. Apples have a broad vitamin and mineral content, including iron, copper, manganese, selenium, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin A, some B vitamins, C, E, and the phytonutrient quercetin. Apples are best purchased in organic varieties to avoid pesticide intake. Enjoy sweeter apples in summer, saving sour apples for the winter season. Apples even help to clean the teeth, making them the perfect picnic food!