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APPLES

All about Apples

Introduce your family to a new variety of apples all year round! There are over 100 apple varieties to choose. In order of popularity, top varieties include: McIntosh, Red Delicious, Empire, Ida-red, Crispin, Golden Delicious, Spartan, Cortland and Northern Spy.

 

Apples are a nutritious choice

One medium apple contains about 80 calories and is a good source of fibre and Vitamin C.

 

Preparing

  • For a nutritious, high-fibre low fat snack, rinse off, buff and eat as is.

  • Apples also have many other uses: baked with cinnamon and brown sugar; sliced and dried (Pennsylvania-Dutch schnitz); simmered into a sauce; turned into pies, dumplings, cobblers, crumbles and brown bettys; incorporated in salads; and made into a flavorful spicy sherbet (starting with a rich, thick applesauce).

  • To freeze for pie fillings and sauces, sprinkle 1 L (4 cups) of peeled, sliced apples with 1 mL (1/4 tsp) ascorbic acid powder and 60 mL (1/4 cup) cold water. Turn gently to coat fruit on all sides. Toss with 60 mL (1/4 cup) granulated sugar. Pack, label and freeze for up to one year.

  • Before using, frozen apple slices should be thawed for one hour or so (remember to allow for the sugar added prior to freezing).

 

Grilling

  • Core, slice in thick rounds or wedges. Brush with butter.

  • Grill Time: 2 to 4 minutes per side to warm.

  • Best Bastes or Toppings: Butter blended with curry or cinnamon.

  • Great With: Pork chops or sausage. For dessert: yogurt or ice cream.

 

Freezing

  • For use in pies and puddings: peel, core and slice. Pack in dry sugar using 60 mL (1/4 cup) sugar to 1 L (4 cups) fruit (dry sugar pack with ascorbic acid).

  • Make into applesauce. Sweeten if desired and pack when cold.

 
Source: Foodland Ontario