East of the Cascade Mountain Range is an ideal place for growing apples. The rich soil, superior growing conditions and abundant access to water enable us to grow world-class tree fruit. Apples come in a variety of shapes, colors, and flavors and provide a range of nutrients that may help with many health issues, including lowering cholesterol, heart disease and stroke prevention, and potentially reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes. Apples are also a versatile food and can be used in a variety of dishes both raw and cooked. Try them as a crisp addition to salads, a star in baked goods, or a sweet addition to savory meat dishes.