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Are Green Apples Gluten Free?

Do green apples contain gluten (also known as Granny Smith apples)? In short, no, they are naturally gluten-free unless they have undergone processing that exposes them to gluten-containing ingredients.

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If that answers your question then great, stop reading. But if you want to learn more about why green apples are gluten free, and which common green apple products aren’t gluten free keep on reading.

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Are Green Apples Gluten Free?

The question seems straightforward: “Are apples gluten-free?” Fresh, unprocessed apples are indeed gluten-free, perfect for that crisp, juicy bite right off the tree.

However, in the United States, we like to get creative with our apples. We transform these delicious fruits into countless products, ranging from baked goods and trail mix to canned apples, apple sauce, dried apples, and more. Unfortunately, not all of these products are gluten-free.

While covering every single apple product is a daunting task (it would require an encyclopedia and a team of librarians), I’ll guide you through the basics of apple-related products. This way, you’ll know whether to take a bite, scrutinize the label, or politely decline any apple treat that comes your way.

What Are the Types of Green Apples?

When it comes to green apples there are many kinds. Luckily they’re all gluten free. Here’s a list of all of the types of Green apples out there!

  • Crisps Pink
  • Mutsu
  • Rhode Island Greening
  • Ashmead’s Kernel
  • Granny Smith
  • Ginger Gold
  • Newtown Pippin
  • Gravenstein
  • Lodi
  • Quince

Which Green Apple is the Best for Eating

I think it goes without saying that Granny Smith green apples are the best tasting green apple around. That’s partially why they’re so easy to find! Granny Smith apples are found in every supermarket all over the world.

They can be grown easily all over the United States and they taste sweet, sour and crisp. Granny Smith apples are great for everything, eating raw, baking, cooked into soups and dressings or juiced.

My favorite go-to green juice recipe has Granny Smith apple in it. I love the taste but I also like the fact that Granny Smith apples don’t turn your green juice brown!

My Favorite Gluten Free Apple Recipes for Red or Green Apples

What’s not to like about the crispy tart flavor of green apples? Growing up the green apples were always my favorite one. They reminded me of a healthy sour patch candy. Biting into one my mouth would pucker with the sour taste. But a few chews later the sweet juices from the flesh of the apple were released into my mouth for sweet relief.

Growing up my grandfather had an apple orchard and I used to love going up to visit his old house. I would walk the property looking for the green apples to pick and enjoy.

Are Apples and Strawberries Gluten Free?

Yes, both apples and strawberries are naturally gluten-free. They do not contain gluten in their natural state.

However, it’s important to be cautious when consuming processed or packaged products containing apples or strawberries, as they may have added ingredients or be processed in facilities that handle gluten-containing ingredients, which could potentially introduce gluten into the product.

Always check the labels for any added ingredients and potential cross-contamination if you have gluten sensitivities or allergies.

Does Apple Pie Contain Gluten?

The answer is that it really depends on the recipe. Traditional apple pie is not gluten free because the pie crust is usually made with wheat flour. Sometimes extra flour from wheat is used to thicken up the pie filling.

That being said, there’s no reason why you can’t make gluten free apple pie. All you have to do is replace the wheat flour with an all purpose gluten free flour. There are tons of gluten free apple pie recipes out there on the internet.

If you want to convert your family’s traditional apple pie recipe into a gluten free version you can simply swap out the wheat flour for any brand of gluten free all purpose flour and add 1 egg.

The egg will act as a binder to help make up for the fact that there will be no gluten in the dough to hold the pie crust together.

Is Apple Purée Gluten Free?

Yes apple purée is gluten free as long as it hasn’t been used in a recipe that combines it with wheat flour or other gluten containing additives. Apple purée is the same thing as apple sauce and apple sauce is considered universally gluten free by most people with celiac disease.

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