All About Apples

Sweet and portable, the tried-and-true apple definitely snags superfood status. Research suggests that eating apples can benefit your heart, your teeth, and your energy levels. Also, apples may help maintain brain function and prevent memory loss, which will surely come in handy for all that studying and memorizing students do. While a medium apple offers 4 fantastic grams of fiber and 148mg of potassium, much of its superpowers are found in the peel. Just remember to give it a good rinse and try to purchase organic when possible.

Here are a few fun apple facts:

  • Unlike many fruits and veggies, apples are picked by hand.

  • Apples float because they are 25% air.

  • In 1730, the first apple nursery was opened right here in Flushing, New York.

  • Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since at least 6500 B.C.

  • About 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, and about 7,500 worldwide.

And, if you are looking for some new ways to eat more apples, try these
great ways to serve ‘em up:

  • Add diced apples to muffins, pancakes, tuna or chicken salad, or a regular green salad. Keep your slices fresh and free from brown by sprinkling a little lemon juice first.

  • Slice and layer on sandwiches and cheese platters.

  • Cut up and enjoy with dessert hummus or nut butter if you are not allergic.

  • Dice and create a relish for topping over chicken, fish, or pork dinners.

  • Try this simple and super quick idea for breakfast, lunch, or snack: Spread 1 tablespoon of honey on a tortilla. Top with apple wedges and sprinkle with raisins. Roll and go.

Cater to You’s Housemade Applesauce
courtesy of Chef Carolyn

10 large apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith preferred)

1 cup apple cider

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Splash of vanilla (optional)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot over medium heat (you may need to ask an adult for help with this).

  2. Cover and simmer, stirring often, for 20 minutes, or until apples are tender and juices are thickened.

  3. Mash or whisk until desired consistency.

  4. Serve applesauce warm or cold.