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Apples, apples, apples

October 10, 2017
Amanda Bohlen , MOV Parent

Join the 2017 Great Lakes Apple Crunch!

On Thursday, October 12, K-12 schools, early care settings, hospitals, colleges/universities, business campuses, state agencies and other organizations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio will celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at noon. Everyone is welcome to crunch! Last October, 1,201,346 students, children, teachers and good food supporters across the region crunched. Let's join forces and meet the ONE MILLION CRUNCH goal again this year! Visit the Apple Crunch Facebook page to get updates and see photos from last year's crunch.

Apples are:

fat free

saturated fat free

sodium free

cholesterol free

an excellent source of fiber

What the Nutrition Facts label doesn't tell you:

Apples are a natural source of health-promoting phytonutrients, including plant-based antioxidants.

Apples and apple juice are two important foods contributing the mineral boron to the diet, which may promote bone health.

Apples contain natural fruit sugars, mostly in the form of fructose.

Because of apples' high fiber content, the fruit's natural sugars are slowly released into the blood stream, helping maintain steady blood sugar levels.

Suggested Uses For Ohio Apples

For the best apple experience, pick the right apple for the apple treat you are planning. Please remember that not every orchard grows every variety of apple, so contact your orchard to see what they have available, and what's ripe.

Summer: flavor/texture, sour-tender; eating, fair; salads, fair; sauce, good; pies, good; baking, poor; freezing, sauce

McIntosh: flavor/texture, spicy-tender; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, good; pies, good; baking, good; freezing, sauce

Jonathon: flavor/texture, tart-spicy; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, good; pies, excellent; baking, excellent; freezing, slices

Red Delicious: flavor/texure, sweet-rich; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, poor; pies, fair; baking, good; freezing, not recommended

Golden Delicious: flavor/texture, rich-semifirm; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, good; pies, good; baking, excellent; freezing, slices/sauce

Law Rome: flavor/texture, bland-midfirm; eating, good; salads, fair; sauce, good; pies, excellent; baking, excellent; freezing, slices

Stayman: flavor/texture, spicy-firm; eating, good; salads, excellent; sauce, good; pies, good; baking, excellent; freezing, slices/sauce

Empire: flavor/texture, tart-tender; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, good; pies, excellent; baking, excellent; freezing, slices

Melrose: flavor/texture, crisp-mild; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; pies, good; baking, excellent; freezing, slices/sauce

Crispin: flavor/texture, spicy-firm; eating, good; salads, good; sauce, fair; pies, excellent; baking, excellent; freezing, slices

Criterion: flavor/texture, sweet-firm; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, good; pies, excellent; baking, excellent; freezing, slices

Fuji: flavor/texture, sweet-hard; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, not recommended; pies, excellent; baking, excellent; freezing, slices

Gala: flavor/texture, sweet-firm; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, not recommended; pies, excellent; baking, excellent; freezing, slices

Granny Smith: flavor/texture, tart-hard; eating, fair; salads, excellent; sauce, not recommendend; pies, excellent; baking, excellent; freezing, slices

Red Cort: flavor/texture, tart-spicy; eating, excellent; salads, excellent; sauce, good; pies, good; baking, good; freezing, sauce

Ohio Orchards in the Southeast Region: Clark's Orchard, Coshocton; Doudna Orchard, Barnesville; Fuhrmann Orchards, LLC, Wheelersburg; Heartland Orchard, Thornville; Hidden Hills Orchard , Marietta; Hirsch Fruit Farm, Chillicothe; Laurelville Fruit Farm, Laurelville; Reed Orchards, Freeport; Richards Brothers Fruit Farm Inc., Thurman; Yeary Orchards, Adamsville

Here's a fall take on fruit pizza. Let me know what you think!

Taffy Apple Pizza

1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough

1 package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 medium OHIO Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced

Cinnamon

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350. Shape dough into ball. Flatten with hand. Using floured rolling pin, roll out dough into a 14-inch circle, about 1/4 inch thick. Bake 16-18 minutes, until golden brown. Cool. Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla. Spread mixture over top of cookie. Arrange sliced apples over cream cheese mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon. Heat caramel topping in microwave for 30 seconds or until warm. Drizzle over apples. Sprinkle with peanuts. Cut into pie shaped wedges and serve. Makes 12 to 14 servings.

Sources:

www.cias.wisc.edu/applecrunch/

www.ohioapples.com/

Amanda Bohlen is the new family and consumer science educator for The Ohio State University Extension in Washington County. She received her bachelor's in family and consumer science education from Ohio University and her master's in curriculum and instruction from Ohio Valley University. For the last seven years she has been in the classroom teaching high school students' financial education, child development, nutrition and culinary skills.

 
 

 

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