This is the perfect time of year for baking with apples and here in Michigan we’re blessed with an abundance to choose from. Some tart varieties are:
Granny Smith – have a sweet/tart flavor which makes them great for snacking as well as sweet and savory dishes. They hold their shape very well when cooked.
Braeburn- these don’t turn brown easy, and are tart and juicy. Great for snacking too.
Cortland- tart, dense, juicy and also holds it’s shape. Nothing worse than an apple pie that’s too mushy.
Jonathan- another tart variety that retains its shape.
Ginger Gold – doesn’t turn brown easy and also tart, sweet and juicy.
While these sweet treats are not in the “healthy” category, there are many health benefits from eating apples in their natural state.
Apples help prevent tooth decay by increasing the production of saliva. This lowers the level of bacteria in your mouth.
Drinking apple juice can help to prevent brain aging.
Antioxidants in apples are reported to aid in the prevention of certain types of cancer.
The fiber in apples helps to lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. Along with that the fiber is a wonder for aiding in proper digestion.
The feeding frenzy also known as the “holidays” will soon be upon us. A sweet treat balanced with more healthy choices is the key to enjoying the season and staying as healthy as possible.
The links to the recipes from the pictures are listed below. Enjoy!
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