Oh yeah…it’s apple season! Apples are one of my “desert island foods”. You know when you’re just goofing off with your friends and someone says, “If you were on a desert island and could only eat three foods for a year, what would they be?” I’d have to say “Apples!”
Not just any apples, though. Macintosh. Empire. Jonathan. Jonamac. Maybe a Gala or two…if there wasn’t anything else available….
Crispy, crunchy, sweet and juicy. Apples are like the perfect food. You can throw one in your car if you’re running errands and it won’t go bad. Plus, it fits nicely in the cup holder. Kids can carry them in their backpacks without worrying about them getting bruised, squashed, or oozing juice all over the place.
When I worked in New York City, I used to keep a big bowl of apples in my office. One of my former staff members confessed, “Some days when I was broke, those apples were all I ate for lunch!” Yes, apples should be called the Staff of Life, not bread!
So, to celebrate all things apple, all things good and juicy and sweet in this, the season of apples, Foodie Friday kicks off this month a few of my favorite apple recipes. Enjoy!
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.