Food For Thought: Apple News

September 29, 2021

By Mary Parker Draper, Extension Agent – Smith County

“An Apple A Day Will Keep the Doctor Away”… or so I have been told. Apples are one of the most popular, flavorful, and healthful fruits grown, according to the U.S. Apple Association. 

Apple growing is an important industry in America. The pilgrims in the Massachusetts Bay Colony planted the first U.S. apple trees. In the early 1800s John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, traveled across the Ohio Valley carrying bags of apple seeds. He planted seeds and grew apple trees wherever he roamed to ensure that settlers would have nutritious apples to eat.

Pollination of the apple tree blooms is necessary for apple production. Many apple growers place beehives in their orchards so that the honeybees can pollinate the flowers. When the blossoms fall off, the pollinated flowers will produce apples. The apples grow during the summer and the crop is harvested in the fall when the apples ripen.

There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the United States, with the state of Washington being the top apple producer. The top ten apples are: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh, York Imperial, Rome Beauty, Johnathan, Stayman, Newtown Pippin, and Winesap. 

Apples come in many varieties that are convenient to eat and very nutritious. A medium apple contains no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol, no artificial color of flavor, and is an excellent source of fiber and only 80 calories. Could these facts be the reason for thinking that apples keep the doctors away?  For more information on apples, check out Apples: A Class Act published by the U.S. Apple Association.

Peanut Butter Pie

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 cup milk

1 8 oz block cream cheese (softened to room temperature)

3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter 

2 8 oz containers of Cool Whip

Combine cream cheese, milk, and sugar, then add peanut butter and Cool Whip. Mix well and pour into three graham cracker crusts and freeze. Submitted by Linda Hensley, Beasley’s Bend FCE Club.