It's apple season again. That wonderful time of year when the orchards are over flowing, welcoming visitors to take a hay ride and pick their own apples or simply buy a favorite varietal from the orchard store.
In the Herkimer Country Editor, issue September 11, 2013, Volume 1 Number 22, Troy Bishopp (aka The Grass Whisperer) writes about "The Mystical Wild Apple". Troy talks about the early frost of 2012 which depleted the wild apple crop. He references an interesting read by Henry David Thoreau entitled "Wild Apples", a celebration of fruit and tree. Troy reminds us, with a question by Liberty Hyde Bailey, "Why do we need so many kinds of apples?" that there are so many different varieties to satisfy the passions of so many different kinds of people, with all different taste preferences.
Leaving the literary references and getting down to the fruit, we are reminded of the healthy nutritional benefits by giving into our apple addiction.
A. One medium apple has only 80 calories.
B. Apple pectin lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.
C. The flavanoid called phloridzin is touted for it's possible ability to increase bone density.
D. Boron, also found in apples, helps to strengthen bones.
E. Quercetin in apples may even protect brain cells from free radical damage that leads to Alzheimer's.
Moving from nutrition to mystical, dowser's use the branches to find water.
Yes, the benefits are many but the point of this list is to hint at the many creations to be made with the Fall harvest of apples, all varieties. Apple cider, apple sauce, pies, jelly, bread, think of all we can make, preserve, and share with family and friends.
1. Apple Sauce
◾12 to 15 medium apples: peeled and cored. Chop.
◾1/2 cup water + 1/4 cup POM Nectarine juice
◾1 TBS Dark Brown Sugar
◾1/2 tsp Cinnamon
◾1/8 tsp Nutmeg
◾1/8 tsp allspice
◾1/4 tsp Apple Pie Spice (optional) * I like it SPICY!
Add the apples, water, POM and sugar to a stew Pot. Turn the heat to medium and when it begins to boil, reduce to low. Stir frequently. Let it cook on low about 20. Add the spices and let cook another 10 minutes. The liquid should evaporate and the apples tender.
◾3 cups flour
◾3 cups sweet apples, peel, core and chopped small
◾1 3/4 cups sugar *TIP – Use sweet apples and reduce the sugar
◾1 tsp cinnamon
◾1 tsp baking soda
◾1/3 cup strawberry kiwi juice (or orange juice or your choice)
◾1 cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 325 F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non stick. Peel and core apples and chop small. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 min. to 1 hour.
1 Pkg. Ready to bake 9″ Deep Dish Pie Crust (2).
◾1/2 cup + 2 TBS Flour,
◾1/2 cup light brown sugar,
◾1/3 cup granulated sugar,
◾1 tsp. apple pie spice,
◾1 stick cold butter (cut into small pcs.).
◾7 med. apples (about 3 1/4lbs)-peeled, 1/2′d, cored, sliced *about 1/8″ thick slices.
◾1 TBS lemon juice.
◾1/2 cup granulated sugar.
◾3 TBS flour.
◾1/2 tsp cinnamon.
◾1 tsp apple pie spice. (optional)
◾1 tsp vanilla extract.
Preheat oven to 400F.
For topping: mix flour, sugar, spice and cut in butter. Blend to make a course crumb.
For filling: place the prepared apples in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice. Mix the remaining ingredients into the apples and toss to coat. I use a wooden spoon to mix the filling together.
Prepare Pie: Layer the apple slices in pie shell, mounding high in the center. Dollop topping over top of the apples to cover. Place on foil in the oven (because it may boil out) and bake 40 – 50 minutes.
4. Add apples to your morning oatmeal.
5. Pick many apple varieties to add extra flavor to all your apple recipes
6. Enjoy the exercise benefits of apple picking.
What other ways do you use apples? Share a recipe.