Saturday, September 19, 2009

Apple Picking Time~But Which Kind Should I Pick?

Fall~the apple-picking season is here. Whether you pick your own or you buy them at the store it can be confusing~with so many varieties available. I want apples to eat, to bake with and to can. We added four more trees to our orchard last night~two being apple. That inspired me to do a study~here is a  easy apple guide.
  • For eating straight from the basket, crisp, juicy, and tangy varieties are best. Red Delicious is the most popular eating apple, but if you prefer a denser, tarter snack, try a Granny Smith, or a softer-fleshedMcIntosh. Or check out the distinctive tastes of local farm varieties likeNewton, Pippin, Macoun, or Sweet Sixteen.
  • To make applesauceMcIntosh is moist and flavorful. Cortlands andBraeburns also make good choices.
  • When bakingRome apples are recommended because they hold their shape well. You can also try Fuijis, which are sweeter, wetter, and have a spicy flavor.
  • In pies, a mix of apples is best. Include Golden Delicious for sweetness and good shape, a tart apple like Granny Smith, and some flavorful varieties like Pippin, Winesap, Crispin and Jonagold.To check out the entire world of apple varieties and usage, as well as delicious recipes, click here.
When I get apples I love to display them in a pretty bowl on the counter or table. But that is not a wise choice! If you keep your apples in the refrigerator they will last 10 times longer. Although apple bowls are beautiful~they will not keep your apples crispy for long if you leave them on the countertop.
The old saying~ "An apple a day, keeps the Doctor away" is really true! Go here to learn all the health benefits from eating a least one apple a day.

Psalm 17:8

 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Proverbs 25:11 

 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.



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