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October is National Apple Month!

It's National Apple Month for the entire month of October!  That's a whole month of trying new apples and experimenting with apple recipes.

Here's a simple and delicious apple recipe to try from our

Farmers Market Cookbook:

Chunky Applesauce

Serves 4

4 medium apples

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Peel and core the apples.  Cut apples into quarters and place into a medium saucepan.  Add the water, cinnamon, and lemon juice.  Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally until apples are soft.  Mash lightly and serve.

Here are a few fun facts about apples:

  • There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown world-wide.  In the US alone, commercial apple growers grow more than 100 varieties.
  • The largest recorded apple was 3 lbs.
  • Apple trees can live and produce fruit for over 100 years.
  • The apples harvested from an average apple tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 lbs. each.

 

There are so many healthy benefits to apples, including:

  • Vitamin C, which is a powerful natural antioxidant experts believe capable of blocking partial damage caused by free radicals, as well as boosting the body’s resistance against infectious agents.
  • B-complex vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6) which are key in maintaining red blood cells and a healthy nervous system.
  • Dietary fiber, which experts believe can help prevent the development of certain diseases and may help prevent the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood from rising.
  • Phytonutrients that help protect the body from the detrimental effects of free radicals.
  • Minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

 

National Apple Month and every month is a great time to learn about the benefits of choosing fresh fruits and veggies and how apples help give you the fiber and nutrients to feel full and energized.  Happy National Apple Month!

 

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