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The Origin of Original Sin

How to select and cook with apples.

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The story of Adam and Eve is that they disobeyed God by eating the forbidden apple, which is the origin of Original Sin. So did they get it on? Wadda ya think? We didn’t come from monkeys, we came from Adam and Eve. So feed on the lovely fruit and nectar from the gods. The sinfully delicious apple.

The apple originates from China and not the Garden of Eden. There are thousands of varieties of apples, which come in different sizes, colors, textures and tastes. They can taste juicy, sweet, tart, bitter to somewhere in between and the textures can vary from crunchy, firm, to soft and mushy.

How to Cook Apples
Apples can be eaten raw, cooked, dried or candied and can be made into applesauce, jelly, jam, marmalade, syrup, butter, chutney, or vinegar. Apples are used in a wide variety of desserts, including cakes muffins, crepes, flans, strudels, clafoutis, charlottes, pies and puddings and are delicious flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, caramel, cheeses, cream custard, ginger, black pepper, raisin, rum, vanilla, and walnuts. Apples also accompany savory foods such as meat, poultry, wild game and salads as in the famous Waldorf salad. Apples are also used in distilling to make calvados (a French brandy) and in the manufacture of cider and apple juice.

Apples are often baked or stewed, and they can also be dried and eaten re-constituted (soaked in water, alcohol or some other liquid) for later use.

Health Benefits of Apples
According to the latest research, the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," is fact, not just folklore. Apples:

• Help protect bone health
• Help prevent asthma, heart disease, and cancers such as lung, breast, colon, and liver
• New research also suggests that the phytonutrient called quercetin may help to prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinsonism
• Pectin in apples can help to lower LDL cholesterol
• Good for diabetes and weight management
• Good source of vitamin C
• Good source of soluble and insoluble fiber
• Excellent source of flavonoids and antioxidants
It is important to keep in mind that a lot of the goodness of apples is contained in the skin. If eaten whole, they need to be washed carefully - right before being consumed.

How To Select A Fresh Apple
Look for a smooth skin, vibrant color, firm to the touch without and bruises, brown spots or wrinkles.

Use different apples for different recipes
Apples for cooking will be "hard, crisp and semisweet," such as Granny Smiths, McIntosh and Cortland apples.

Note that Red Delicious apples don't cook well, and though Golden Delicious don't get mushy when cooking, they can lose their flavor while baking.

A Few Specific Apples:

• McIntosh apples are thought to be best in pies or in apple tarts.
• Jonathan apples are also good in pies, as well as for use in applesauce or apple cider.
• Red delicious apples are great for eating fresh. They're also good sliced in a salad.
• Golden delicious are also terrific for eating fresh.
• Granny Smiths are great all-around apples, good for eating fresh, using in salads, baking or cooking.
• Fuji apples are another good-in-every-way apple, tasting sweet fresh, cooked, baked or in a salad.
• Royal Gala apples are great to eat right away (after a quick rinse!), and they smell wonderful too.

How To Store Apples
Apples can ripen when left at room temperature, but should be stored in the refrigerator in the crisper drawer. Apples have a long shelf life. If stored properly they will last four to six weeks.

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