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An Apple A Day

Posted about 1 year ago by Sarah H

Posted in Cooking, Garden and Home | Tagged with apples, baking, fall, fruit, orchards and pies

What’s your favorite part of fall? While I love the changing colors and appreciate the cooler weather, for me the best part of fall is being able to enjoy fresh apples from local orchards. I’m always amazed at how wonderful they taste after months of buying bland supermarket varieties. And apples are as nutritious as they are delicious.

While an apple a day may not actually “keep the doctor away,” studies have shown that apples may have health benefits in regards to weight loss, cancer, heart disease, asthma, and Alzheimer’s disease. According to a chart provided by the USDA, the average unpeeled medium-sized apple provides ninety-five calories, about five grams of dietary fiber, and lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, while being free of saturated fat and cholesterol.

There are some 7,500 varieties of apples, about 2,500 of which are grown in the United States. The Ohio Apples website offers a list of apple varieties common to Ohio, with descriptions of the characteristics of each and whether they’re best for eating, baking, or both. I love to take advantage of the option at my local orchard to make up a peck of several different varieties instead of sticking to just one. If you’d like to find an orchard close to you, you can use this handy map of Northwest Ohio apples orchards.

Not only do apples make a perfect snack just as they are, but they can also be made into a myriad of sweet and savory dishes, from flaky pies and warm cobblers to tangy cider and creamy apple butter. Want to learn more about this delicious fruit and how to enjoy it this fall? Your Toledo Lucas County Public Library card gives you access to items in our catalog and Search Ohio, including these great resources about apples:

The Apple Cookbook : 125 freshly picked recipes / Olwen WoodierApple pie perfect : 100 delicious and decidedly different recipes for America's favorite pie / Ken HaedrichApples of uncommon character : heirlooms, modern classics, and little-known wonders / Rowan JacobsenApples of North America : 192 exceptional varieties for gardeners, growers, and cooks / Tom Burford
An apple a day / recipes by Karen Berman & Melissa PetittoApples, from harvest to table : 50 recipes plus lore, crafts and more starring the tried-and-true favorite / Amy PenningtonApples : more than 75 delicious recipes / by Sarina JacobsonThe New Cider Maker's Handbook : a comprehensive guide for craft producers / Claude Jolicoeur

For Kids

Apples, apples, apples! / by Victoria KannApple trees and the seasons by Julie K. Lundgren Fall Apples: Crisp and Juicy by Martha E. H. Rustad From apple trees to cider, please! by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Apples in Fall by Mari Schuh Apples, apples everywhere! : learning about apple harvests / by Robin Koontz Curious George - Apple Harvest / adaptation by Lynne Polvino From Shoot to Apple by Stacy Taus-Bolstad

Featured Image Credit: Red Apple (Pixabay Image 661726, Creative Commons license).

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