The Pink Lady apple variety, also known as a Cripps apple, is an Australian hybrid that has a flavor that is sweetly sour with a little crunch to it. Apples have been regarded as the best fruit for thousands of years. They make appearances in stories from both Celtic and Greek cultures, where they are most often portrayed as strong or magical beings. However, due to the fact that pink lady apples are a relatively recent cultivar, commercial production of these apples did not begin until the 1980s (in the United States, the 1990s).
Apples in general, and pink lady apples in particular, are among the most delicious and nutritious of all varieties of apples. They are a good source of vitamin C and fiber in substantial quantities. Consuming this fruit in its whole, including the peel as well as the flesh underneath it, will provide you with the most significant and beneficial health benefits. Apples include a high concentration of antioxidants, in addition to the minerals that are known to aid in increasing bone density and even protect brain cells from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. A healthy lifestyle may be greatly improved by eating an apple every day.
There shouldn’t be any trouble locating pink lady apples (if not in a normal supermarket, then in your nearest health foods store). Despite the fact that they are only available during certain times of the year, you may find this kind of apple year-round despite the fact that it is a fruit that is only available during certain times of the year (though perhaps not at the same quality).
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Microwave Scalloped Apples
8 medium apples, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter, cubed
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
1 Place apples in a 2 1/2 quart microwave safe bowl.
2 Combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over apples and toss to coat.
3 Dot with butter.
4 Cover and microwave on high for 5-10 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.
4 Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup agave nectar (if not available use brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 pinch cloves
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
1 Put the apples, ginger and water in a saucepan, cover and bring to boil
2 Boil over low heat, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.
3 Stir in agave nectar and cook until it dissolves.
4 Add cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
Spinach, Apple and Pecan Salad
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon agave nectar or brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1 Pink lady apple, halved, cored, thinly sliced
1/4 cup red onion, cut in thin strips
3/4 lb fresh spinach, washed, stems removed, leaves torn
1/2 cup toasted pecans
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
1 In serving bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, mustard, agave nectar, cumin, salt and pepper unti thick.
2 Add apple and onion and toss until apples and onions are covered with dressing.
3 Place spinach on top, then pecans.
4 Just before serving, toss.
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