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All about Apples!

by Terri Fields

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Fall is the best time to get apples and find them in all different varieties. Now is a great time to get different colors and varieties and talk to your children about the apples.

Take a trip to your local store and pick out about 3 different kinds of apples. Different colors, varieties and sizes. Have your child help you decided on what kinds to try.

Bring them home and try them out. Talk about the colors, put them in order of sizes. Do they all have the same amount of seeds? Taste them. Are they sweet or tart? Did you find a new favorite?

Apple Surprise

Did you know when you cut an apple through the wider part of the apple it has a hidden surprise inside. When the apple is cut, there is a star hidden inside! My 5 year old came home from school and told me to open an apple for the surprise. I thought it was really neat.

Apple Crisp

Adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. (My mom’s favorite cookbook)

Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups apples peeled, cored and sliced – sweet apples are nice2 to 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ cup regular rolled oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts or coconut (optional)
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat over for 375 degrees.
  • Place fruit in an ungreased 2-quart square baking dish. Stir in sugar.
  • For topping, in a bowl mix oats; brown sugar; flour; and nutmeg or cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts or coconut. Sprinkle topping over filling.
  • Bake in for 30 to 35 minutes or until fruit is tender and topping is golden. Serve warm with ice cream or light cream.

Fun Apple Facts

  • There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the U.S.
  • Different varieties of apples have different amounts of seeds inside.
  • The skin of an apple contains more Vitamin C than the inside.

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