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An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

 

                The apple is the source of legend, turns of phrase, traditions and more. Learn fun facts about the apple down below.

   The first American orchard was planted around 1625 by William Blackstone on Boston´s Beacon Hill. The first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, William Endicott, was a distinguished orchardist. Well-known American apple orchardists include George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

   Only sour crab apple trees were native to America, until European settlers arrived and brought with them their English customs and favorite fruits. Native Americans appropriated what they liked, cultivating apples extensively.

   The phrase, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is derived from the old English saying, “Ate an apple after going to bed, makes the doctor beg his bread,” .Today, the expression rings truer than ever, as our knowledge of apples´ many and myriad health benefits increases.

   Apples not only taste great but they also provide essential vitamins, minerals and fiber that help to protect from chronic diseases. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we eat more fruits and veggies than any other food group − for adults, that´s 3½ to 6½ cups (7 to 13 servings) daily for better health. At least 2 of those 3½ to 6½ cups of fruits and veggies should be fruit. One cup of apples equals: 1 small apple, ½ large apple, 1 cup sliced raw or cooked apples, ½ cup of dried apples, 1 cup of 100% apple juice or cider, and 1 cup of applesauce. So consider packing apples, or delicious apple products like juice and applesauce, for your family during car trips, beach/pool trips, picnics, summer camp lunches, and plane trips.

                Apple Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

 

Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1 medium-large apple, peeled, cored and diced into ½ inch cubes
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

 

                In a small bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Melt butter in microwave at 10-second intervals until fully melted. Place in a large bowl with brown sugar and sugar. Whisk until combined. Add the egg and vanilla, whisking until combined. Stir in applesauce and then fold in apple pieces and walnuts.  Cover bowl and dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper.              Drop tablespoons of dough on sheet and flatten with back of spoon. Bake for 10 minutes, or until bottoms begin to brown. Let cool on sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

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