Originating in New Zealand in 1962, the Gala apple is related to the Golden Delicious apple and grows extensively in Washington. The Gala tastes sweet and has a distinctive aroma and crisp, firm texture. The Gala apple can be yellow with red stripes to nearly solid red in color. One medium apple weighing 5.5 ounces has 80 calories.
Based on a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet, one medium Gala apple will supply you with 8 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C. That same little apple will provide you with 2 percent of your daily needs of iron and vitamin A. Also contained in the Gala is 5 percent of the potassium your body needs to be healthy.
The natural fiber found in Gala apples is pectin. Apples possess more pectin than any other fruit. A diet high in fiber-rich apples has been shown to reduce blood pressure and prevent colon cancer. Apples are a source of both complex and simple carbohydrates. One medium gala apple supplies 22grams of carbohydrate. Fiber accounts for 5 of the 22 grams
Flavonoids are defensive phytochemicals found in apples. Flavonoids have been documented to have anti-viral, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant effects on the body. Research suggests that phytochemicals can protect against the aging process..
Gala apples are often eaten fresh. Galas are also delicious in salads, pies, sauces and a number of baked goods. The Gala harvest season runs from October through January. Store the apples as cold as possible in your refrigerator. Gala apples do not freeze until they are below 28.5 degrees Fahrenheit.