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 Post subject: An Apple a Day....
PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:46 pm 
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Helen H. Moore

Apples, apples, what a treat,
Sweet and tart and good to eat.
Apples green and apples red,
Hang from branches overhead,
And when they ripen,
Down they drop,
So we can taste our apple crop!

Here are a few facts about apples from Wikipedia, the net and me :)

The marketing slogan and proverb addresses the health effects of the fruit: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," though this adage was likely the result of farmers encouraging higher sales of produce in an effort to counteract the belief that it was an apple that was the forbidden fruit which Adam and Eve ate.[citation needed] Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of Vitamin C as well as several other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol, as they do not have any cholesterol, have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption, and are bulky for their caloric content like most fruits and vegetables.

Apples float in water because 25% of their volume is made up of air pockets found between cells.

An average apple contains 4 to 5 grams of fibre — more than a bowl of most cold breakfast cereals!

Two pounds of apples make one 9 inch apple pie.

Apples bruise easier than eggs break!

The largest continuous apple peel was 172 feet, 4 inches long and was created by Kathy Madison in Rochester, NY in 1976.

Apples are members of the rose family (who knew??).

Archeologists have discovered evidence that humans have been eating apples since at least 6500BC.

China is the world’s largest apple producer, growing more than 7 times the number of apples of the US and Canada combined.

The Halloween game of bobbing for apples is said to have originated from an ancient harvest ritual in honour of the Roman goddess Pomona.

Apples ripen 6 to 10 times faster at room temperature than if kept in the refrigerator.

There are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown worldwide.

In medieval times sailors were given apple cider before a long voyage to help guard against scurvy.

Apple Crisp Recipe
6 Peeled and sliced apples (I like MacIntosh - they're TART!)
1/3 cup margarine or butter
1 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup All purpose flour
2/3 cup Rolled oats

Arrange peeled and sliced apples in a greased loaf pan.
Cream together margarine and brown sugar.
Blend all-purpose flour and rolled oats into butter mixture, until crumbly.
Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples.
Bake in 375 F oven for 40 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream...YUMMY :) :) :)

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