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Apple

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Are you familiar with the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." It’s not as absurd as you might think.

Apples are healthy fruits par excellence, because they are rich in fibers and they have an high vitamin and mineral content.

How to choose

  • Choose firm, blemish-free apples with bright, uniform colour and smooth skin.
  • Don't neglect the smallest apples. They often have more concentrated flavour and are the ideal size for the kids' lunch boxes.

How to store them

  • For short-term storage, refrigerate apples to slow down the ripening process. Apples spoil more quickly at room temperature.
  • For long-term storage, place apples in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Make sure none are bruised or spoiled, because one bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch. And never store apples close to onions or potatoes.
  • Unless you want to ripen certain foods more quickly, don’t store apples close to other fruits or vegetables that spoil quickly because of the ethylene gas they emit.
  • Never wash apples before using them. If washed before being stored, they won't keep as long.

No more waste

  • Did you know that a sliced apple whose skin has browned can taste just as good, despite looking less appetizing?
  • Most of an apple's nutrients are found in the skin, so eat and cook them with the peel on.
  • Instead of discarding older apples, make some homemade applesauce by cutting them into wedges and cooking them over low heat.
  • Use homemade applesauce to replace half the butter or oil in muffin recipes.
  • You can also peel and chop apples and add them to creamed vegetables, squash, turnips, etc.

Who can resist a candy apple?

Insert a stick all the way into each apple's core. Dip them in red candy coating for a traditional version, or get imaginative and dip them in melted chocolate or caramel. Wait a few minutes before adding on your favourite candies! Place them on a sheet of parchment paper to cool. When the coating has set, go for it! 

Gourmet tips

  • When making apple sauce, combine various apple varieties — like McIntosh and Gala — to add more flavour and complexity.
  • When adding apples to a salad, bear in mind that tart varieties like the Cortland are the best ones to combine with salty ingredients.
  • Make a simple upside down cake by sprinkling the bottom of a cake pan with butter and brown sugar. Add a layer of sliced apples and top with your favourite homemade or commercial cake batter. A quick visit to the oven and cake is ready to eat!
  • For a side dish that's great with pork or chicken, sauté some apple wedges and onions in butter.
  • Place a roasting chicken on a bed of root vegetables, onions, and halved apples, and cook them all together. It’s a one-pan meal!
  • Combine halved apples with root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips) on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake in a 200°C (400°F) oven until caramelized.
  • To prepare a quick and easy dessert, sauté apple slices in butter, add some sugar and cinnamon, and caramelize. It’s delicious over ice cream or a simple yogurt.
  • For an even quicker dessert, cut apples into wedges to serve with a chocolate or caramel dip, or try a blend of whipped cream cheese and store-bought caramel sauce.
  • Add strips of apple to your coleslaw. You can even buy a pre-cut coleslaw to make short work of dinner preparation.