I didn’t always think of apples when fall came rolling ’round… I thought more along the lines of pumpkin, squash, pomegranate, figs – but not apples, that is, until we planted our own apple trees. Now I get it – apples come in the Faaaaaaaaall. Who knew? With our perennial produce flown in from around the world I can get apples and just about any other seasonal fruit for that matter all year round. Which explains why I, the big dork, was out there sweet talking my trees all summer wondering why they were the only fruit trees holding out on me. Was it something I said? Why did my trees with names like ‘Lady Gala’ and Fuji Mama’ not feel the need to take center stage and impress me with their bounty??
More food, more water, better conversation, more food, more water, a good joke, more compost, more water, a little music…..these trees had me working and the neighbors a bit concerned. And then just like it always happens, I let go. School started and life got busy again – kids, homework, early bedtimes, done. I forgot all about my little orchard friends…until – until I saw about a hundred humungous black crows eating all my damn apples on the trees! If I had a shotgun I would have fired that thing, but I don’t so I got my kids super soaker instead and that seemed to do the trick – temporarily. I went out and jumped up and down thanking my beautiful trees for their delicious fruits, a couple buckets full later – I am now verrrrry into apples as part of celebrating the Fall season…
Here are few more reasons to celebrate Fall’s first apples:
Increases endurance. Apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which allows oxygen to reach the lungs more easily. Eat an apple before working out and see how it affects your endurance!
Whitens teeth. Apples contain malic acid, which is used in many teeth whitening products, due to its ability to dissolve stains. The next time you eat an apple, make sure to chew it thoroughly for maximum benefits – maybe even rub a little on your teeth. 🙂
Satisfies cravings. Apples are naturally sweet, so they can help satisfy that afternoon cookie craving. They’re low in calories and totally fat-free, so you can feel good about eating them, too!
Fights cancer. Apples contain compounds called triterpenoids, which may fight against certain cancers like liver, breast, and colon.
Improves memory. Apples are believed to increase the production of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter – so they may improve memory and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Boosts your immune system. Apples are high in multiple vitamins, including vitamin C – the original immune system booster!
My family used to bake whole apples in the oven with cinnamon and honey when I was a kid – made the house smell so good!
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