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Flavors Of Fall: Apple

Written by Kim Fuller on September 14, 2011 with 1 Comment

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This article is part 2 of 9 in the series Flavors of Fall

Fall Flavors: Apple

Photo by David Daniels

Let the sweet and tart juices of a crisp autumn apple slide down your chin this season.

This fall flavor is a favorite among many, and fewer things can be eaten raw or spiced up with the same sweet satisfaction.

Harvest

Apples are harvested in the United States between August and December, but the peak harvest in most states is in October.

Look at your local food markets and farm stands to buy apples that have been grown locally and organically. Pick firm and shiny apples without soft spots or bruises. Keep your apples in a refrigerator crisper to ensure freshness.

Enjoyment

The fruit is a perfect addition to the fall, eaten raw or as addition to baked goods, fruit butters, chutneys and jams. Apples can be canned for later use, or juiced to use for fresh apple juice and cider. The apple flavor can also be a nice complement to meats like pork and with hearty autumn squashes, so make your own fresh applesauce or roast apples for a perfect pairing.

You may be able to find a local orchard where you can go to pick your own apples. This can be a fun activity to celebrate the harvest season with family and friends, and will give you a true farm-to-table experience.

Benefits

Apples have a very high water content at about 80%, so their nutrients highly outweigh their caloric value. One medium-sized apple is only about 75 to 90 calories, so you can always eat one between meals for a healthy snack, or before a meal to help prevent overeating.

Most of the health benefits of apples come from their skin, so put away your peeler and bite into more nutrients. Apples can help you from the inside-out, with fiber and potassium to keep your organs and muscles functioning well, and antioxidants and Vitamin C to help hydrate and protect your skin.

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  1. i eat an apple everyday…………………also it that time of year i treat myself to a homemade apple pie,with homemade crust.

    apple pie-

    golden deliscious or your choice,i marinade them overnight
    lemon
    organic brown sugar
    honey
    cimmnon
    nutmeg
    ginger
    apple pie spice

    crust is your choice
    i make mine from rice,and add ground flax seed in the mix,and no butter,or canola oil what soever.i use,light olive oil,it tastes great,and also great fro cooking,also a splash of coconut oil.

    yes this is a time i treat myself to a flour product,and it truly is heaven

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