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“A” is for Apples

Apple

Now that we’re all back in the swing of things especially with school in full gear we should think more about brown bagging our lunches and one key item is we can’t forget is the fruit!  Our friends at Ontario Farm Fresh are kind of enough to share their expertise and tips on one of our all time favourites…the Apple!

Nothing says autumn quite like an apple that’s sweet, crisp and juicy. While apples are commonly eaten out of hand, most apples are great for cooking, too, whether making a kid-friendly afternoon snack or a super-sophisticated treat for your dinner party.

Buying and Storing

Look for firm apples that are free of wrinkles and bruises.

Apples produce ethylene, which can cause other fruits and vegetables to ripen faster. Keep apples away from ethylene absorbers such as bananas, watermelon, kiwi, leafy greens, carrots and green beans. Store small amounts in their original plastic bag in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to one month.

Larger quantities should be kept in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place such as a garage or fruit cellar. Cover loosely with plastic to keep humidity in the apple container.

Tips

Prevent Browning: If you’re slicing apples and don’t want the exposed pieces to turn brown, dunk the slices in a bowl of three parts water to one part lemon juice.

Mix Sweet and Tart: When baking a pie, use a mix of sweet and tart apples to ensure a balanced flavour.

Grilling Tips

Nutrition 101

One medium apple contains about 80 calories and is a good source of fibre and vitamin C.

Apple Picking

Before heading to the farm, click here [1] to find out which apples are best for crunching fresh versus baking into mouth-watering desserts.

Apple Recipe

Ontario Apple, Aged Cheddar and Smoked Turkey Panini [2]

Toasted whole grains, melted aged cheddar, lean turkey slices and a burst of flavour from the McIntosh apple provides a well-rounded sandwich.

Title Photo by:  Hugo Provoste [3]