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Let's Pick Some Apples!

Apples are one of the easiest fruits to pick and use. They're pretty big and can't be bruised easily. Most varieties are easy to store (a cool place like the refrigerator is almost always the best place to store them). And there are SO many great recipes to use them in (if you don't eat them raw first)!

Tips for picking apples:

  • Pick apples from the lower branches first. You won't have to use a ladder and you avoid the possibility of an apple from a higher branch falling and hitting apples on a lower branch.
  • Apple Picking
  • To pick an apple, put your hand underneath it, roll the apple toward the brand, and gently twist. The stem will come off with your apple, but the spur will remain on the tree. It's important that the spur stay on the tree for next year's crop!
  • Don't drop apples into the bag or basket you're using to collect them. Place them in there gently so you don't bruise the apples.
  • Sometimes a couple apples will be growing from one spur. When you pick one, the others will come off at the same time. Be ready to catch them all!
  • Store apples in a cool, dark area. Don't have a place in your house like that? The fruit/vegetable drawer in your refrigerator will work just fine!
  • Unwashed apples stay fresh longer than washed apples, so wait to wash the apples until you are ready to eat them.

What to do with the apples you pick:

  • Eat them raw! We've all heard the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." That's because apples contain quite a bit of soluble fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants and have been found to combat a variety of diseases and illnesses.
  • Make your own apple butter or applesauce. While both of these foods can be found in stores, they taste so much better when you make them yourself...and you can control the ingredients!
  • Apple Crisp
  • Bake a delicious treat! This recipe for Apple Crisp (submitted by BD member Dawn) has been a huge hit with members of the Beyond Diet community. Get the recipe here: Apple Crisp.
  • Add some crunch to your life with Apple Chips. Thinly slice apples. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake in 220ºF oven for 1 hour. Turn apple slices over. Bake for another hour. The apples will become crisper as they cool.
  • Add an apple to your salad. A fresh apple can make any salad a little sweeter. Try this recipe from BD member Linda: Apple Walnut Salad.

Not sure if you can pick apples in your area? Check out PickYourOwn.org to find out! (This website will actually help you find U-pick farms in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other countries.)

What's YOUR favorite way to eat an apple?

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
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  1. Gluten Free   
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