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Bumper Crop of Apples

Bumper Crop of Apples 9/8/17Another year, another bumper crop of big, beautiful apples on my apple tree. The apples are growing in clusters and weighing down the branches so much that some of them break. Uffda! 

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?  Can’t say for sure, but apples do give us fiber, vitamins and minerals for a very low calorie cost.  Because of the nutritional value in apples, eating them regularly can decrease our risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.  Additionally, they may promote weight management, help prevent asthma, and perhaps even lessen the risk for developing dementia.

As for the bountiful harvest, there are lots of ways to make use of the apples and preserve them to enjoy later this fall and through the winter.  Preservation methods include freezing, canning, and drying. By preserving them now, we can enjoy a taste of summer later when the cold winter winds blow!

Last week I made “Slow Cooker Applesauce.”  I more than tripled the recipe, so I ended up using lots of apples, which was my goal.  And oh yes, most importantly, the applesauce was delicious! 

NDSU Extension has a variety of recipes and resources to help you make good use of the apples.  “From Orchard to Table: Apples” (FN-1847) addresses growing, selecting, storing and preserving apples and provides several recipes for making apples jams, jellies and relishes. You can find it on the web at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/food-nutrition/from-orchard-to-table-apples/fn1847.pdf

A second publication is “Field to Fork Apples.” It provides similar information in a condensed and less comprehensive way.  Other publications are topic specific for using apples to make fruit pie filling, applesauce, apple juice, and other recipes for canning, freezing and drying apples.

Publications from NDSU Extension Service are available to download and print from our website, www.ag.ndsu.edu/food.  From there, go to the left margin and click on “Food Preservation” or use the search field and type in “apples.”   

As always, be sure to call me if you have questions, or if you or your friends, family, co-workers or employees have a topic you would like to learn more about through a presentation, lesson, program, activity or workshop.  NDSU Extension has a lot to offer, and we are here to serve you!

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/apple-tree-orchard-apfelernte-360083/ (downloaded 9/12/17)




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