Triad -- Fall is apple season. If you asked me, nothing tastes more like fall than a good Honeycrisp Apple.
You've heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, they really are healthy. One apple has about 5 grams of fiber but only about 80 calories. Just don't get rid of the peel. That's where about 2/3 of the fiber and lots of the antioxidants are.
If you want to plant an apple tree, this is the time to do it. (Actually, fall is the time to plant any kind of tree.) Here are some things to keep in mind. You'll want to do a little research. Don't just see an apple tree at the store and think it would be a great idea to plant one. That's what I did. You'll need at least two trees... and two different varieties for maximum fruit production because they need to cross-pollinate. Here's a simple website that will help you make sure you get two that will help each other out.
Now, maybe you don't want to plant your own tree, you just want apples- now. Check out local orchards because "It's Got To Be NC". They're fresh, delicious and some will even let you pick your own apples. After you get them home, put them in the refrigerator. They ripen about 6-10 times faster at room temperature than in the fridge. Crisper drawers work well. Just keep them away from other veggies. As they ripen, apples give off a gas which can spoil everything else around them.
Here's a quick and easy applesauce recipe from Wendy Francis Custer. The bonus is that you will have a tasty treat AND your house will smell like fall.
- About 15 apples, sliced
- 1/2 cup Stevia in the Raw
- 1/4 cup regular sugar
- 1 cup water
- Cinnamon to taste
The ingredients don't have to be exact. Put them all in a sauce pan and simmer for about 4 hours- or until they turn to mush. What could be easier?
If you want to know anything else about apples, chances are it will be on this website from the NC Extension Office.
NC Cooperative Extension