1. Different ways to use an apple
Of course, apples are mighty for eating out of hand, given that they are a nutritious punch of fibre and vitamin C, but don’t be surprised that they can also be utilized in many unique ways besides eating them!
- Soften brown sugar
Brown sugar tends to harden up when exposed to humidity. Simply place an apple wedge in a sealed plastic bag with the chunk of hardened brown sugar. In one or two days the sugar will once again be soft enough to use.
- Keep baked goods moist
Apples have a very high-water content, thus giving off moisture to keep baked goods especially cakes from going stale. Simply store baked goods into an airtight container with few apple wedges and it will make the baked goods remain soft and moist.
- Absorb salt in dishes
When you go a little overboard on salt in soups or stews, simply throw some apple slices into the pot, stir and remove before serving. The apples would absorb the extra salt, and you’ll never taste the difference.
- As candle holder
Do you know you can create candle holders out of apples? All you have to do is de-core the apple, carve out the center and add in a tea light candle. You would have yourself an adorable rustic candle holder.
- Ripen unripe fruits
Apples produce a gas called ethylene which is known to accelerate the ripening process of fruits. So, let’s say when you can’t wait for bananas or tomatoes to ripen, simply place them in a paper bag with an apple or two, thus making them ripe fast.
2. 4 doubts about apples that you may have in your minds
- To eat or not to eat – The apple peel doubt?
Apple peels contain bioactive compounds polyphenols, pectins and also ursolic acid that may help in burning more calories, aid in weight management and improve blood glucose control. Also, the anthocyanin content that gives apple peel in red colour possess anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer effects. The peel is where the insoluble fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, flavonoid quercetin and other nutrients are stored at. Thus, wash thoroughly under running water before eating, cutting or cooking to enjoy the greatness from apples.
- Opt for Organic
Choose organic produce to reduce exposure to pesticide residues as apple is one of the Dirty Dozen that ranked pesticide contamination. “Dirty Dozen” is a ranking provided by an non-profit organization, Environment Working Group (EWG). Beside apples, the other 11 fruits and vegetables include spinach, kale, nectarines, grapes, cherries, peaches, pears, bell and hot peppers, celery and tomatoes.
Know more about Dirty Dozen at https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php
- Difference between red and green apples?
Red apples such as dazzle and premier star contain more anthocyanins as compared to green apples such as Granny Smiths. Regardless of their colours, both are great choices in topping up your daily fibre, vitamin C and other nutrients on a daily basis in achieving optimal health. Consume different colours of apples for a change and make your plate more colourful by playing around with different recipes.
- Apple juice vs Fresh Apples?
It is recommended to consume the whole apple fruit rather than drinking apple juice. It is because you will be missing the most important nutrient which is the fibre content from its skin and pulps. Furthermore, some apple juice that can be found in the market might contain added sugar to make it more palatable. This would cause blood sugar spikes especially those with diabetes. Hence, eating fresh is always the best !
3. Fun facts about apples
Bet you didn’t know! Cultivated around the world for over 2,000 years, apples are the deliciously crunchy fruits of the apple tree known as Malus domestica.
We’ve all grown up reading and hearing that an apple a day keeps a doctor away, and no wonder from the moment they were first discovered, apples are being enjoyed by people every day in an amazingly large variety. It can be found everywhere, from bakeries to science books to crafts. Let’s take a bite into some fun facts about apples.
🍎 Science of apple growing is called Pomology and the scientist that study and cultivate apples are called pomologist
🍎 Apples are cholesterol free, sodium free and fat free
🍎 A medium size apple is about 80 calories
🍎 Apples originated from Kazakhstan, Central Asia
🍎 There are more than 7500 varieties of apples around the world
🍎 If you’ve ever wondered why apples float it’s because they’re 25% filled air
🍎 Apples are member of the rose family
🍎 It takes about 9 apples to make 1kg of apple cider
🍎 It takes the photosynthetic energy from 10-50 leaves to produce an apple
🍎 Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit
🍎 Apples ripen 6 to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated
🍎 China is the largest producer of apples followed by United States, Turkey Poland and Italy
🍎 Most apples in the world are still picked by hand
🍎 Apples come in all sizes from just a bit bigger than a cherry to about the same size as a grapefruit
🍎 Fear of eating apples known as Malusdomesticaphobia