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How nutritious apples are for you.
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.
Recipe of the Week
This recipe was shared by Dana Newberg, Extension Homemaker member of
the Twilight EHC Club. Dana won 1st place at the recent Howard County Fair with this delicious recipe. Perfect ending
to any meal.
Cream together butter and shortening; add sugar and eggs.
Beat well; add vanilla.
Add alternately, dry ingredients and milk, put into a tube cake pan that has been
sprayed well with a non-stick spray.
Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
*Tip: Always sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together. It will mix with
the other ingredients better by doing this.
Melt butter in saucepan.
Remove from heat and add sugar, cocoa and vanilla.
Add milk as needed to make it spreadable. Ice cake while cake is still warm but not
*Tip: Sift sugar and cocoa together before you mix it in with butter.
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 ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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