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In Season: Apples

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It’s time to enjoy the crisp fall air and get apple picking before it’s too late! We love picking apples at DuBois Farms north of New Paltz, NY, but there are many other farms in the tri-state area to choose from.

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? It can certainly help! Apples contain phytonutrients that help control blood sugar and are a good source of fiber. The fiber plus the phytonutrients also help lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Plus, with the countless ways to eat apples, they will help increase your daily fruit intake in the sweetest way possible.

picking applesIf kids are involved with picking or cooking foods they are more likely to eat them, which is good news when it comes to apples.

  • Kids of all ages will love picking apples, and the smallest kids are the best for getting the ones at the top
  • Have young children help place apples in a baking pan, sprinkle cinnamon or spices on top before baking, or help mash apples for sauce
  • Older children can help chop apples for a compote or cake
  • Have an “apple taste test” to determine which apples your child or kids like best (bonus- they will definitely meet their daily fruit requirement with this game!)

 

With over 7,000 varieties (!) of apples to choose from it may be hard to pick a favorite. Red delicious is still the most widely produced, but it’s also the most widely exported as newer varieties such as Honeycrisp gain popularity. Try to choose your apples based on eating vs cooking. The more tart varieties such as Granny Smith and Pippin are typically used for baking because they hold their shape, while Honeycrisp, Braeburn (my favorite), Fuji and Gala are popular for snacks. Store your apples in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator to keep them for a few weeks.

What’s your favorite apple or apple recipe?

 

Kitchen Tip: Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’re tired of removing half of your hard boiled egg with the shell because it’s stuck on tight, simply steam your eggs for 20 minutes, then run them under cool water to stop the cooking process. They’ll be perfectly cooked and easy to peel.