Quick Apple Facts and Recipes
It is that time of year again and fresh local apples have arrived at Seaway Farms. Here are some interesting, fun, apple facts we found on the internet that we thought you might find interesting. As well, there is a quick and easy recipe for one-bite muffins! A good lunch snack for lunches. Let the kids help make them for a fun Fall activity the whole family can enjoy.
30 Weird Apple Facts
1. Apples are actually part of the rose family, just like pears and plums.
2. There are more than 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the U.S. That means if you had apple a day, it would take you nearly seven years to eat each kind.
3. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world. It would take you more than 20 years to try them all if you ate one a day!
4. It takes two pounds of apples to make one nine-inch apple pie.
Health Facts about Apples
As the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This adage has truth. The health benefits of apples are numerous. According to research published in Advanced Nutrition, eating apples has been linked with reduced risk for developing several diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and asthma.
The same study finds that eating apples may help to lower cholesterol, and that they have antioxidant properties.
Especially high in vitamin C, apples also provide vitamin A as a powerful antioxidant to help resist infection and scavenge free radicals that cause inflammation. They also contain a significant amount of fiber which can help prevent absorption of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Apples are a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamin (vitamin B1), and pyridoxine (vitamin B6), which together release enzyme power to support metabolism and other vital functions inside the body.
Other minerals in apples include iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium, which are important components in helping to control heart rate and blood pressure. All these good things and more explain why apples can legitimately be called a “super food.”
One-bite apple muffins
These apple muffins are great for a quick snack attack. Pair them up with a cold glass of milk or a chunk of cheese to fight your hunger pangs.
The apples in this recipe (Crispin, Idared, Spy, Spartan) are great for baking. Other apples, like Gala, Honeycrisp and McIntosh, are perfect for munching fresh.
Makes 24 mini muffins.
Takes 25 minutes.
You’ll need an adult’s help.
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) peeled, diced Ontario apples (Crispin, Idared, Spy, Spartan)
3/4 cup (175 mL) milk
1/4 cup (50 mL) vegetable oil
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
What to do:
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in apples.
In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients, stirring until just moistened.
Spoon into 24 lightly sprayed or paper-lined mini muffin cups. Bake in a preheated 375°F (190°C) oven until tops are firm to the touch, about 12 minutes. If using dark pans, reduce temperature to 350°F (180°C). Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer muffins onto racks and let cool completely
More Apple Recipes here – https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/apples