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All about Apples

“Apple of my Eye”,
“Comparing Apples and Oranges”,
“An Apple a Day ……”,
The Big Apple”,

the list goes on.

Of all the fruits we enjoy, it appears that the apple shows up in many proverbs and sayings in about any language. This is not surprising since apples are widely grown and eaten throughout the world. There are 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide, 2,500 of which are used in the United States.

History
The Apple features prominently in many areas throughout history.
Here are some examples:

The “Forbidden Fruit” at the beginning of the Old Testament of the Bible
“The Apple of Discord” which played a key role in the Trojan War. Read the complete story
Snow white and the seven dwarfs: the Poisoned Apple.
Wilhelm Tell (no connection to the Lone Ranger)
Sir Isaac Newton’s Theory of Gravity
You can probably add several topics to the list.
The apple tree is thought to have originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea. Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since at least 6500 B.C. Apple trees were introduced to America by early settlers on the East Coast.

In early 1800 Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman, scattered apple seeds on his journeys west hoping thereby to establish apple orchards throughout the country. You can find an excellent detailed description of his efforts in Michael Pollan’s book “The Botany of Desire” published in 2002 at Random House. At present, the top apple producing states in the US are Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia.
Apples can be grown successfully in our Northern climate, because they blossom relatively late in spring, minimizing frost damage.
The Antigo area is fortunate to have a local family owned orchard at its doorstep.
Grandwiew Orchard at W8088 County Road F. Tel.: 715-627-7727
The Gabriels who are vendors at our market grow a large variety of apples, unwaxed, some of which are not readily available at a grocery store. They are still selling a dozen varieties at their orchard at this time. Their hours are:
Mo-Sat; 8am-8pm
Sun; 10 am-6pm
Storage
Apples are best kept in a cool (40F) moist environment. Fruit harvested at the end of the season has a longer shelf life than earlier varieties.
Nutrition
There is still a lot of wisdom in the old saying:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Apples are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which strengthen the immune system and help to fight cancer. Most of these components are stored in the skin.
Apples are unique because they are one of the best sources of pectin, a soluble fiber thought to limit the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs. In addition, the insoluble fiber in the skin provides beneficial roughage.
Learn more

Guten Appetit!
Recipes
Apples and apple products are used in many recipes, Apple Pie being the all time favorite.
You may want to give the following examples a try:
Apple Sauce
Stuffed Baked Apple
Mulled Cider
Apple Tart