National Apple Month
This time of year, pumpkins steal the limelight, but did you know October is National Apple Month? National Apple Month is observed throughout October across the nation.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples are packed with nutrients – vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium. They are high in water content, making them hydrating and filling. Apples also contain lots of fiber and vitamins to fuel us throughout the day.
Everywhere you look in Maine, there are signs of harvest season. It’s here! Preserving food at home is a great way to save money and enjoy this bounty all winter. Here are storage tips to help keep apples.
- The ideal temperature for storing apples is between 30 and 35 degrees F.
- It’s best to store apples in the crisper drawer of your fridge.
- They should be separate from other produce that may emit gases that can speed up ripening. Apples will last anywhere from six to eight weeks in the fridge.
No worries if you’ve already cut into your apple but can’t finish it! Cut apples can be preserved for another day or two by drizzling them with lemon juice and refrigerating them in an airtight container, preventing browning.
How to Use Apples
One word: variety. Did you know there are over 7,500 varieties of apples across the world? Some are best for baking, some for making ciders, some for making jams and jellies, and others are perfect for good old snacking.
Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and Honeycrisp are the best varieties for snacking because they combine sweet and tart flavors with their crisp, juicy texture. Try one of these easy, delicious apple recipes!