Could there be a more wonderful food? Cheap, plentiful, long-lasting, and diverse. I was never a huge fan of raw apples, find the skin off-putting and I'm too lazy to enjoy peeling them. But as a mother, I have found if I have apples, potatoes, flour and basic cooking ingredients, I can keep kids happy and feed a large group with very little expense. I had something like 6 kids here for a couple of days, and depended heavily upon apples. Whole apples, peeled and served with cheese or caramel sauce, cooked in pie, made up as a sauce. The kids don't like it cooked with pork, but I do and so do most adults. But they never get tired of apples. Which is why I love the apple. It's so superior to the orange....or jicama.