I can’t believe it’s Friday already! Short weeks are the best, right!?! :-)
On today’s PFF…apples, apples, apples – one of the main reasons this time of year is so exciting for me! My parents’ have 5 acres of land with an orchard. My dad planted 500+ apple trees on the property in all different types of varieties – Pink Lady, Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious to name a few. So, as you may imagine…apples were a big part of my life growing up.
We used to make fresh apple cider — my dad had a cider press. It was a lot of work to pick and wash each apple by hand, but it was the best thing ever! We also made homemade applesauce, apple fritters, apple sweet bread, apple pie and of course, we ate lots of apples and peanut butter!
My parents’ still have quite a few trees, but over the years some have died, some were blown down from storms, some were taken down because they weren’t producing fruit or they were destroyed by other means. For instance, one time (actually on my birthday in 2007), a black bear came on the property and ate the apples right off the tree! It ended up bending the tree in half and rolling on it. Needless to say…that tree was a gonner after that!
Here is the culprit!
It was (and still is for my parents) a lot of work caring for these trees. Lots of pruning!!! It was me and Russ’ job to haul the pruned branches away (what a pain in the neck!) and to pick the fruit. I can tell you this…all the work is worth it to have your own fresh fruit; although, I certainly wouldn’t recommend 500+ trees, but one or two apple trees would be sufficient. Hopefully one day, Justin and I’ll have the property to plant a few. There is nothing like a fresh apple right of the tree!!! It’s AMAZING!!!
Anyway, to answer the age old question…an apple a day certainly DOES keep the doctor away! Take a look at the health benefits:
- Apples have an amazing array of polyphenols, which function as antioxidants.
- They have cardiovascular benefits.
- They have benefits for blood sugar regulation.
- They have anti-cancer benefits (especially colon and breast cancer).
- They have anti-asthma benefits.
- Preliminary health benefits have also been established for several age-related health problems (including macular degeneration of the eye) and neurodegenerative problems (including Alzheimer’s disease).
Yup…definitely worthy of the PFF title! :-)
Do you grow any fruit trees?
What’s your favorite way to cook or eat apples?
What’s your favorite type of apple?
Reference: Apples by the World’s Healthiest Foods