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When purchasing and storing apples, the following information will give you tips to
keep in mind.
Nashville, Ark. – We’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
No wonder, since apples are super nutritious! Now is the time to enjoy a crisp, cool
apple since they are in abundance at the local grocery stores.
Apples are high in Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. They are also low in
calories, fat and sodium. One medium apple has 80 calories, 159 mg of potassium and
3.5 grams of fiber, if you eat it with the skin on.
Apples were brought to America by colonists and spread throughout the
country by John Chapman, alias Johnny Appleseed. Back then there were only a few varieties
of apples. Today, there are about 2,500 known varieties of apples that are grown in
the U.S. Thirty-six states grow them commercially.
Some of the more popular varieties include Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, Golden
and Red Delicious, Granny Smith and McIntosh. While all of these can be eaten fresh
off the tree, some are better for cooking. Tart apples, such as Granny Smith and McIntosh
are best used when making pies, breads or cakes. Fuji, Braeburn, and Gala are best
when eaten raw because they are naturally sweet. Red and Golden Delicious are all
purpose apple varieties that can be eaten raw or cooked.
Apples are a very versatile fruit. They can be used in pies, muffins,
salads, cakes, and breads or just eaten raw. Pair them with a great dip and they make
a perfect snack. Apples can be preserved for later use by freezing or canning them.
When purchasing and storing apples, there are some tips to keep in mind.
Apples are a great snack anytime of the year. They require little or no
preparation, other than rinsing under cool water. Choose to eat them with the skin
on and you will increase the fiber benefits.
For more information on eating healthy or learning how to preserve apples
through home canning or freezing, contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517
or visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
This recipe is a favorite. It is delicious and nutritious! Have a small
amount and you won’t feel guilty if you are dieting. This recipe is great when you
want a dessert and you do not want to have a lot left over.
Makes 6 servings
Serving Size: ½ cup
Ingredients for Filling:
4 cups peeled, thinly sliced apples (3-4 medium)
¼ cup water
3 Tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Non-stick cooking spray
Ingredients for Topping:
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
3 Tablespoons margarine, melted
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray 8-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray.
3. For filling, combine fruit and water in large bowl.
4. Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon; add to fruit; stir until fruit is evenly coated.
5. Spoon into baking dish.
6. For topping, combine all ingredients in medium bowl; mix well until oatmeal is moistened.
7. Sprinkle evenly over fruit.
8. Bake 30-35 minutes or until fruit is tender.
Nutrition Information Per Serving (1/2 cup): 290 Calories, Total Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Protein 4g, Total Carbohydrate 52g,
Dietary Fiber 4g, Sodium 90mg
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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