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04-Dec-2011

Applause for Apples

A Garden of Eatin'

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." — Carl Sagan

What is better than the crunch of a sweet, juicy apple? You can thank the Roman horticulturists who cultivated the wild apple, without which there would be no apple pie, apple juice, applesauce or a host of wonderful treats. With over 7500 varieties to choose from, the tasty apple epitomizes the magical blend of sweet, tart, tangy and juicy that so entices the taste buds. Besides, these healthful fruits are guaranteed to keep away the doctor and impress your school teacher (and nutrition coach).

Apples are full of fiber and immune-boosting Vitamin C and contain antioxidants, minerals and cholesterol-lowering pectin, making apples a perfect source of nutrients for your body. Apples keep you hydrated in summer and can help prevent flu and colds in the winter. Pack a couple for a midday pick-me-up that fills you up without empty calories. Purchase fresh (organic is best) and enjoy them whole, or in your favorite recipe, for some palate-pleasing munching.

Apple Crumb Squares with Apple Cider Sauce Apple Crumb Squares with Apple Cider Sauce (207 KB)

Try this awesome Raw Apple Cobbler from Yogamint's Food & Flow video series

Recommended: An Apple Harvest: Recipes and Orchard Lore by Frank Browning and Haeger NaturalStone Deep Pie Dish

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