Flavors of Fall Table of Contents
Flavors of Fall is a series consisting of 9 parts.
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.
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.
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.
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.