National Apple Month

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If you haven’t enjoyed a fresh, crisp organic apple lately, you may want to revisit this refreshing and satisfying fruit. And what better time than National Apple Month? This national October observance was originally established in 1904 as National Apple Week. It has since expanded to include three months, September through November, according to the United States Apple Association.

Certainly, autumn and apples go hand in hand. Not only is this refreshing, delicious fruit a seasonal favorite, it’s also rich in nutrients, antioxidants and cholesterol-lowering fiber─both soluble and insoluble. In fact, daily apple consumption has been shown to reduce cholesterol in humans by up to 16%.

Apples are also a good source of quercetin, a phytochemical that fights the free radicals that promote heart disease and cancer. Whether it’s a Braeburn, Cameo, Fuji, Ginger Gold, Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Jonathan, or Pink Lady, apples are a power food to savor in good health.

To maximize your enjoyment of this tasty, natural treat, it’s best to store fresh apples in the produce drawer in the refrigerator, which will keep them fresh up to ten times longer than leaving them out on display in a fruit bowl.

While a fresh, crisp apple makes a perfect between meal snack, this fruit is highly versatile too. Start with breakfast, by tossing some chopped apples into oatmeal or nibbling one on-the-go with some almonds or string cheese. How about an apple-peanut butter "sandwich?"

Jazz up your lunch with an apple, brie, and arugula wrap, or add thinly sliced apple to cole slaw and salads. You’ll delight your friends with a colorful array of farm-fresh apples and cheese accompanied by a pert Merlot. You might even conclude your meal with apples baked in port wine rolled in maple-glazed walnuts.

You’ll find a host of apple recipes including salads, spreads, muffins, cakes, cookies and pies here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/fruits-and-vegetables/fruits/apples/main.aspx. Thanks, Johnny Appleseed─for a fruit truly worth celebrating.

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