Enjoying the Apple Harvest

As apple season nears its end in our area, I spent some time going back through my recipes to make sure I’ve gotten a chance to enjoy them all with fresh apples.  Since I grew up with an apple orchard right next to my house, apples have always been a big part of my life.  Snipping blossoms and arranging them in a big vase in spring time, watching the little apples grow throughout the summer, picking that first Macoun in early fall and polishing it on my jeans before taking a crispy bite, sampling all the different varieties, helping press the apples into cider, and of course baking apples into a pie.  Now that I no longer live on the farm, I’ve planted my own little mini-orchard of six apple trees, but it will be a few years before I get any apples. 

Here are some of my favorite ways to eat apples.  As you prepare any of these recipes, I highly recommend eating the skin that you peel off of the apples.  The skin smells and tastes wonderful, so don’t waste it!

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Apple Tart

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Apple Walnut Bread

Apple Raspberry Crisp

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Apple Cranberry Crumb Pie or traditional Apple Pie

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Cinnamon Cider Jelly (Reduced-sugar version, too!)

Applesauce and Caramel Apple Butter 

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Cran-Applesauce

What’s your favorite way to eat apples?

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Filed under Food, Living from Scratch, Local Agriculture, Recipes, Sustainable Living

3 responses to “Enjoying the Apple Harvest

  1. About eating the apple skins – they are supposed to be wonderful sources of soluble dietary fiber, cleansing the cells and tissues of the body. “An apple a day. .” and all that!

  2. . . . right off the tree, that’s my favorite way to eat apples! A nice, crisp, juicy Macoun that still a bit tart. I haven’t baked in quite a while, but your post might just inspire me to do so!

  3. Raw with honey! Yum! I like Pink Lady apples the best. :)

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