Evidence shows truth in the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." While no one food can ensure perfect health, new evidence from medical studies suggests that apples--and the good things in them--really can help you and your family stay healthy.
One Medium-Sized Apple (5 ½ oz/160g)**
Perfect as a snack or main meal component for dieters, apples are filling but not fattening because of their high fiber and water content.
FROZEN: Core, peel, and slice apples. Dunk slices in lemon juice to prevent browning. Pack closely in container and freeze. When thawed, they make great out-of-season additions to bran muffins, salads, poultry stuffing, pancakes, and school lunch boxes.
DRIED: Peel, core and slice unburied fruit. Soak in lemon juice. Place slices one-deep on screen over racks, and heat at 105-150 degrees F until a slice cut in half yields no moisture when squeezed. Perfect anytime to eat as a snack.
BAKED: Use for special occasions. Core, fill with orange juice, cinnamon, or nutmeg and raisins. Bake (or microwave) until soft.
JUICE: Poach fish in apple juice or cider instead of water for a mouth-watering difference. Or mix yogurt and apple juice with cinnamon and nutmeg or curry powder and onion for gourmet "veggie" dips. Mix equal parts of apple juice and yogurt for a delicious fruit salad dressing. Heat apple cider with cloves, lemon twist, and cinnamon sticks for mulled apple cider for a warm winter drink. Delicious!
Dr. Michele R. Warmund, State Fruit Specialist
1-31 Agriculture Building
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-9632 Fax: (573) 882-1469