October 12, 2017 • Posted by Jessica Pontoriero

October is National Apple Month! Did you know that apples are a part of the rose family and originated from Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia? Apples come in several varieties and can be cooked in so many ways. Now, let’s get apple picking:

Apples are delicious and nutritious! Antioxidants and vitamin C found in apples help fight against infections, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and improve brain health. They are also full of phytonutrients, which help regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol. Additionally, this amazing fruit is rich in fiber, calcium, and potassium. To get the most fiber and antioxidants from apples, include it’s peel into your recipes.

Here are the many types of apples. Here is a list of the most popular varieties and their sweetness:

  1. Granny Smith: Tart
  2. Gala: Sweet
  3. Golden Delicious: Sweet-Tart
  4. Red Delicious: Mild-Sweet 
  5. Honeycrisp: Sweet-Mild Tart
  6. Empire Apples: Sweet 
  7. Fuji: Sweet 
  8. Mclntosh: Sweet 
  9. Ginger gold: Sweet, Mild-Tart 
  10. 10. Cortland: Sweet-Tart 

Cooking Tips & Recipes
Now that you have picked perfect apples, it's time to mix up a delicious recipe! These are some of our top apple cooking tips:

  1. As soon as you cut into an apple, they start to brown. Prevent them from browning by soaking them in a mixture of water and lemon juice.
  2. Keep your apples fresh and crisp! Simply place them into a sealed plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator.  
  3. When it comes to baking apples, it is important to choose the right variety. Choose an apple that is firm and that will hold its shape. Sweet and tart apples, such as honey-crisp or golden delicious, are great choices.
  4. Softer apples are best to cook with because they are smoother in texture. Apples such as mclntosh and gala will do the trick!

Here are our favorite apple recipes, happy Apple eating!

  1. Apple Cake
  2. Apple Pancakes
  3. Apple Pie Casserole
  4. Apple Butter
  5. Apple Turnovers
  6. Apple Brownies
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