I’m on the porch in celebration of apple season, which runs September through November here in North Carolina. I’m beyond ready for hay rides and cider!
🍎 NC ranks seventh in apple production in the United States and has over 200 commercial apple operations comprised of 9,000 bearing acres of apple orchards.
🍎 Up to 4 million bushels of apples can be produced in a given year.
🍎 Forty percent of the state’s crop is marketed as fresh apples through packing operations and direct marketing outlets while the remaining 60% is utilized in the processing industry, mainly as applesauce and juice.
🍎 When storing apples at home, always refrigerate your apples. Apples will ripen and turn soft 10 times faster at room temperature.
My DIY Apple Spice Wreath is hanging on the porch in celebration.
Pick your own apples at one of the many pick-your-own farms. . .
Or pick up a pot of mums at Lowe’s and place it in an apple bucket. ;)
The age-old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is being more and more clearly substantiated. . .
🍎 Apples are rich in pectin. Pectin and mild acids found in apples help fight body toxins and aid digestion. Pectin too has been associated with helping to keep cholesterol levels in balance and is significant in helping to reduce the incidence of certain types of heart disease. Studies have shown that person’s eating apples regularly have fewer headaches and other illnesses associated with nervous tension.
🍎 Other studies have demonstrated an association of regular apple consumption with a reduced incidence of colds and other upper respiratory ailments.
🍎 The mild nature and low acidic content of apples are more readily accepted and digested by infants, and causes less colic and rash-related disorders.
I harvested some favorite apple recipes from the archives to help celebrate fall and apple season. . .
And the apples of my eye, Lola and Sophie, are here to share my favorite recipes.
Click on the titles highlighted in red to find the complete recipe.
A delicious fall twist on a Moscow Mule that celebrates autumn with some seasonal flavor, when you’re craving hayrides and cider!
The flavors of fall in a cake with a Maple Glaze and Sugared Pecans and Pepitas
An easy and delicious recipe you can whip up using store-bought pie dough and just a few ingredients.
Sweet and savory apple hand pies
A harvest of dark leafy greens, fresh seasonal produce and lean protein that makes an entrée salad with nutritious ingredients and satisfying flavors!
A sweet and savory soup for fall, serve with pie crust leaf sandwiches of cranberry, cheddar and pecans
An easy and crowd-pleasing recipe that starts with cookie mix. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool long enough to cut!
Easy and oh so good! Use fresh-pressed cider for maximum apple flavor.
Hayrides Pillow, throw, apple bucket / HomeGoods, several years ago
Apple plate / Pfaltzgraff Plymouth, used here
Red transferware plate / Spode Archive Collection ‘British Flowers – Rosa’, used here
We broke a weather record yesterday with the mercury hitting 96 degrees. . . too hot for almost October and weather more befitting of Pumpkin Spice No-Churn Ice Cream than Pumpkin Spice Latte!
If our weather pattern continues through October, I’ll be donating my boots and expanding my wardrobe of flip flops. ;)
What are you favorite apple recipes?