Here’s a riddle. If you were to eat a different kind of apple every day, how long would it take you to try every variety that is grown on The Planet Earth?
The famous saying “An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away” does have some truth to it. Apples do contain a host of nutrients that make them a very healthy treat for you and your family. They contain powerful antioxidants along with pectin, a dietary fiber that is good for cholesterol and blood sugar levels. They also contain high levels of vitamin C and Vitamin K.
They have seemingly been around since the beginning of time. Remember the famous apple tree in The Garden of Eden? Both Greek and Roman mythology refer to apples as symbols for love and beauty.
Here in The United States a man named John Chapman planted apple trees in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and beyond. Although he became known as Johnny Appleseed, he was actually a nurseryman who propagated apple trees throughout the region. He lived on food provided by nature. Though appearing poor, he was not a poor man. He accumulated more cash than he needed by selling his apple trees and tracts of land. He never used banks and relied instead on an elaborate system of burying his money.
HERE ARE SOME APPLE FACTS:
• An apple tree takes four to five years to produce fruit.
• Apples float because they are 25% air by volume which make them lighter than water.
• The Delicious is the most widely grown variety in The United States.
• Apples are grown commercially in thirty six states however six states, California, Michigan, New York, Virginia and Washington produce the majority.
• Apples belong to the rose family.
• Apples are picked my hand, not machines.
• Isaac Newton first understood the law of gravity while sitting under an apple tree and having an apple fall on his head.
• It takes 40 apples to make 1 gallon of apple juice.
ANSWER: If you ate one apple of a different variety every day, it would take you over nineteen years to have tried every variety! Yes, there are over 7,500 varieties of apples in the world!
So head on over to Eureka Natural Foods today and enjoy a fresh new crop
Apple Bread Recipe
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 cups peeled and diced apples, moistened with lemon juice
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup chopped raisins or dates
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
Cream together butter and sugar.
Add beaten egg.
Stir in fruit and nuts.
Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with milk.
Place in a loaf pan; let stand for 10 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees F until cooked, about 1 hour.
Serve plain or buttered.