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Apple and Pear recipes

You probably have numerous apple recipes of your own and want to try something delicious but different. See if you find something you like in this medley of apple and pear recipes.

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM.

You probably have numerous apple recipes of your own and want to try something delicious but different. See if you find something you like in this medley of apple and pear recipes.

Apples are flavor packed, versatile and are powerful disease fighters. There’s a lot to be said about “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” One large, raw apple with the skin has about 5 grams of soluble fiber and only 90 calories. There is no fat, cholesterol or sodium. They contain doses of flavonoids and polyphenols, mostly found in the skin, and are believed to be the most important antioxidants for heart and brain health and function. Remember to wash the apples thoroughly. Pesticides even penetrate the skin, so if you want buy organic apples for less pesticides.

Best apples to use for cooking because they retain their texture and flavor are: Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Gala, Janagold, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, McIntosh or Pink Lady. These apples work well in sauces, pies, crisps, turnovers or crumbles and are good for sautéing and roasting. Other apples are good for fresh snacking and preparation.

Apples turn brown quickly once they’re peeled or cut. Once they are cut, sliced or peeled toss them with a little lemon juice. Store apples in a plastic bag and keep in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh for weeks that way.

Pears are in season along with apples and are filled with fiber, nutrients, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants. They can be eaten fresh or cooked. Bosc pears hold their shape better than other pears. Enjoy!

 

Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Raisins



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