On a fine clear morning I biked the long way to work. I ventured through the hills and valleys that surround my home. The leaves were showing their fall brilliance and the trees were bursting with fruit. For a long while I followed a delivery truck from one of the orchards. When I got into the city I would loose of it and then find it again, as it pulled in and out of school driveways. It gave me pause for all the lessons learned from such a fine fruit, after all A is for Apple.
Apples are pure and sustainable. They are a perfect food. As a traveler I always have one in my bag. A plaque preventative and meal on the go, I can think of no better substitute. Savory salads, slaws and snacks all get a crunchy boost from this versatile fruit. The seemingly endless varieties provide a range of tang and texture to choose from. Breads and cakes get moisture and a nutritional boost when an apple is incorporated into the recipe.
In every apple I find a healthy dose of nostalgia. They remind me of my grandma. Pastry piled high with slices coated in cinnamon and sugar often adorned her counters. The twinkle in her eye as she crafted her famous candied versions each October was always the cause of infectious laughter. On it's own or coated in caramel, one thing is for sure, there is a smile in every bite.
Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy an apple:
Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini