Why are we Wild About Apples?

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It’s that time of year… autumn in New England.  We all know what that means... apples! It’s all about apple picking, apple pie, apple cider. Here are some recipes and fun facts for you to enjoy this fall:


Apple Cider Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 10 apples, quartered
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice

Directions:

  • Place applies in a stock pot with at least two inches of water covering them.
  • Stir in other ingredients.
  • Boil, uncovered, for one hour.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for two hours.
  • Strain mixture (through a fine mesh sieve [discard solids] or; use a cheesecloth-lined sieve)
  • Allow to cool.

Why do apples turn brown?

Apples turn brown when they are exposed to air (which contains oxygen and water molecules), because of an oxidation process that occurs during exposure.  The skin on the apple normally protects the apple from this process.  When the apple is cut, the fruit cells are damaged, allowing oxygen in the air to react with the enzymes and other chemicals in the apple.  This results in the color change and is an example of a chemical change.


Apple cider vinegar to the rescue!

Did you know that apple cider vinegar can be used for dozens upon dozens of recipes, remedies, and routines? Here are just a few examples of how apple cider vinegar can save the day:

  • Cure an upset stomach (mix 1 tablespoon with water)
  • Get rid of the hiccups (swallow one tablespoon)
  • Sooth a sore throat (combine ¼ cup with ¼ cup warm water)
  • Boost energy (add 1 tablespoon to a cup of water)
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Resources:

https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/211772/homemade-apple-cider/

http://www.sciencealive.co.nz/sites/default/files/Chemical%20and%20physical%20change.pdf