Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Autumn Equals Apples

It’s that of year again.  It’s time to go to Nebraska City for apples.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year.  And of course I always purchase way too many apples.  There are tons of apple varieties, each with a unique flavor characteristic.  Apples are available in an assortment of colors and textures, in flavors from tart to sweet.  With thousands of varieties to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect apple.  If you have been stuck in a red or yellow delicious apple rut, try your local apple orchard for some local varieties. 

Although apples are available year-round, they are best in autumn.  There are about 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the US and over 7,500 varieties worldwide.  The five most common varieties grown in the US are red delicious, golden delicious, granny Smith, gala, and fuji.

A Few Apple Facts for Trivia Buffs

·         25% of an apple’s volume is air, which is why they floats
·         Don’t peel your apple.  Most of the fiber and antioxidants are in the peel.
·         The science of apple growing is referred to as pomology.
·         Apple trees are not self-pollinating.  They need bees to pollinate the flowers to form the fruit.
·         Apples are members of the rose family, along with peaches, plums, cherries and pears.
With my apples I decided to make caramelized apples.  Here is my version.

Caramelized Apples

Cheese for your 'savory' friend and one for your 'sweet' friend.
Serves 8. 


4 large tart apples
½ cup sugar
2 Tablespoons butter
½ cup apple cider
1 pint frozen yogurt or
     about 4 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese 


1.     Peel apples if desired.

2.     In a large skillet combine, sugar and 2 tablespoons water.  Stir until sugar dissolves, bring mixture to a simmer.  When sugar turns brown (caramelized), whisk in butter.  Add apples and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Add apple cider and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes.

3.       Serve with ice cream or for a savory twist, try a sharp cheese such as Cheddar or blue.

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