As defined by Wikipedia;
An apple is a sweet, edible fruit produced by an apple tree (Malus domestica). Apple trees are cultivated worldwide and are the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions.
Apple trees are large if grown from seed. Generally, apple cultivars are propagated by grafting onto rootstocks, which control the size of the resulting tree. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Different cultivars are bred for various tastes and use, including cooking, eating raw and cider production. Trees and fruit are prone to a number of fungal, bacterial and pest problems, which can be controlled by a number of organic and non-organic means. In 2010, the fruit’s genome was sequenced as part of research on disease control and selective breeding in apple production.
Apples ARE healthy!
There are many proven positive health benefits of the apples including:
1. Improving neurological health
2. Preventing dementia
3. Reducing your risk of stroke
4. Lowering levels of bad cholesterol
5. Reducing your risk of diabetes
6. Warding off breast cancer
7. Improved dental hygiene
Variety, Variety Variety
According to https://web.extension.illinois.edu there are 7,500 varieties of apples world wide. WHOA, I did not know that there were THAT many! Here is a chart of 23 more commonly known apple varieties in order of most tart to most sweet. Funny enough my favorites are on opposite ends of the chate; Granny Smith and Ambrosia. What are your favorites?
Apples are made for Baking and that’s just what we’ll do!
This Wednesday September 25th is the Langley Community Farmers Market 4th Annual Bake off. If you would like to join in it is not too late as pre-registration is not required. You can drop off your dessert to us as early as 9:30am up to 11:30am and the anonymous judging will begin at noon. Do you have what it takes to take home the title of Apple Baker of the Year and the prize basket?
Kristen’s Favorite Recipe!
In conclusion I will leave you with my favorite recipe…HAPPY DROOLING everyone…see you at the Market!
#1 Caramel Apple Crisp
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 6 tbsp cold unsalted butter cubed
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 lbs Granny Smith Apples
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Start with the topping. Combine the flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Add the butter cubes and break them down by using the tips of your fingers to rub the butter and dry ingredients together.
- Stir in the oats, then put the entire bowl into the freezer or refrigerator while you work on the apples.
- Peel, core, and cut the apples into small chunks.
- Toss well with the caramel sauce and salt.
- Split this mixture between four 6-oz ramekins, then sprinkle the oat topping evenly all over the top.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until the fruit is bubbling and the crisp is golden brown.
- Serve with ice cream and extra caramel.