Nothing beats taking the first bite out of a crisp apple
This delectable little fruit has been pleasing the taste buds of millions of people for generations. Like most apple producers and farmers in Michigan, The Apple Truck is pleased to present our customers with only the best quality fruit.
So, when can you get your hands on some delicious apples?
Let us dive a little deeper to see when prime apple season is and provide some necessary knowledge about the famous fruit that is sure to intrigue our fellow apple aficionados
Origins of Apples
Evidence of the first apple trees, also known as malus trees, was discovered in Kazakhstan. The fruit has been domesticated and consumed for thousands of years, originating throughout various parts of Central Asia. Although, several expert archaeologists believe that apples could have possibly been a part of human diets in the area for millions of years. The original trees were referred to as "malus sieversii." Several of these ancient trees in regions of China and the Tian Shan Mountain range in Kazakhstan.
Apples were spread across the globe during the Silk Road, a series of trade routes that transported goods throughout Europe and other parts of Central and Western Asia. Europeans especially enjoyed the newly discovered fruit and incorporated it into their typical diet.
The fruit was initially introduced in the United States during the 17th century by early Puritan colonists. Upon bringing seeds over from Europe, Puritans planted the first apple orchard in Boston in 1625. Apples have grown in popularity and have remained a prominent part of American cuisine since the colonial era. Over the next few centuries, because apples thrive in cold climates, states like Michigan started to successfully grow apples.
When Is Apple Season?
Apple season typically spans from August through late October or early November. Each variety is ready for harvest at different points within the season. For example, our Mighty McIntosh and Huron Honeycrisp become available in early September, whereas other varieties are picked latter in October.
Why You Will Love Michigan Apples?
Michigan’s climate is ideal for apple harvesting due to its nutrient-rich soil and proximity to the freshwater Great Lakes. As a result, the quality fruit produced in Michigan guarantees a spectacular experience with every bit. They are perfectly crisp and firm every time!
How To Tell If Your Apples Are Ripe?
No one wants to bite into an unripe apple. Below are a couple of easy tips and tricks that will help distinguish whether or not your apples are ready to eat.
Color is the most common tell of an apple's ripeness. However, depending on the variety of apples you are looking for, the color will change when ripe. Red Delicious Apples, for example, develop a much deeper shade of red than when sprouted initially. The seeds should also have a deep, dark brown hue.
Taste is another easy way to tell if your apple is ripe. They should boast a sweet or tart flavor, depending on the type.
If an apple is overly firm, it is not ripe and should boast a slightly soft texture. However, keep in mind that it can be rotten if an apple is also too mushy.
What Can You Make with Apples?
Apples may taste wonderful on their own, but this versatile fruit can be incorporated into a myriad of dishes. Some well-known recipes include applesauce, cinnamon apple crisp, fritters, and of course, traditional apple pie.
Although, the tasty recipe ideas do not end there. Caramel or candy apples are a fun dessert option that is particularly popular during the Halloween season. The fruit also makes an excellent addition to salads due to its crunchy texture and sweet flavor. Apple slices with peanut (or any nut) butter are also a great healthy snack option for children and adults alike.
You may even include the fruit in some lovely cocktails. Apple Martinis or Cider Sangria with fireball-infused fruit are some fantastic beverage options. Feel free to incorporate the fruit as a garnish in other popular cocktails as well. Apples make for superb additions to healthy smoothies if you are looking for a more nutritious drink recipe.
In addition, apples work wonders for a person's diet! This popular red fruit contains significant amounts of fiber, potassium, and immune-boosting antioxidants like Vitamin C. They are also known to possess properties that may prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Therefore, featuring this delicious fruit in your meals or desserts is a great alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
After all, as the famous saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," right?
With apple season right around the corner and your newfound knowledge of the famous fruit, it is time to enjoy some crispy apples. There are endless possibilities for desserts to make featuring apples. The