Mmmm—do you smell that? Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a pinch of cloves? Who can resist a fresh-from-the-oven apple pie made from ripe apples from the farmer’s market?
Orchards across the Midwest are bursting with MacIntosh, Honey Crisps, and Galas, just a few of the wide varieties of apples available. Whether you grab a basket at the farm stand or pick your own at the orchards, you will want to get your apples soon and often.
So many delicious ways to enjoy apples can be hard to decide.
I enjoy my apples, fresh as a snack, baked into pies and crisps, or my favorite, a cup of hot cider while sitting around the campfire on a chilly fall evening. And let’s not forget the hard ciders when getting together with friends to watch a football game.
The delicious thing about apples is they aren’t just something for dessert. They make an aromatic yet decadent addition to pork dishes. Taste of Home has an array of recipes that will have everyone excited to come to your house for dinner.
Have you had an apple smoothie? Check out this recipe from Family Fresh Meals that is decadent yet healthy.
Whatever your tastebuds crave, I am sure there is an apple recipe to satisfy even the most demanding appetites.
Did you know apples are super healthy? They are full of fiber and antioxidants and have been shown to help lower the risk of many chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. But don’t skip the peel. The skin contains flavonoids and pectin, powerhouses in a healthy diet. According to Med Crave, flavonoids do everything from fighting coronary disease, free radicals, inflammation, lung disease, and asthma, which is just part of the story. Pectin is a fiber that benefits your gut.
What was God thinking when He forbade Adam to eat the apple? Hmmm—that is a story for another time.
Today, eat your apples, bake that pie and drink that cider. Here’s to your health