9.12.2011

Using Alaska Apples

What, you can grow fruit in Alaska? No way! Yes, yes it's true you can grow fruit in Alaska, apples anyway. I've heard tell of cherries that grow well up here and I aim to plant an orchard when I find some. But for now apples. We have a great little tree on our property but this year it didn't bloom, I guess it just needed a rest, I'm OK with that. Luckily we have a neighbor who has a small but luscious U-Pick apple orchard about 1/4 mile away.

Last week we made our way over and picked some apples, I think we came out with a 1/2 bushel? I don't know for sure, my kids kind of went nuts with apples. I managed to make a pie, a vat of apple sauce and the juice to make apple jelly. I love that we are eating and enjoying food grown so close to us, chemical free and definitely no travel costs. The best thing about using apples from Alaska(if you live in Alaska) is they have no travel time and no carbon foot print. Yeah for eating local.

The next very very very best part about using Alaska grown apples is that you absolutely don't have to peel them, they are thin skinned. I'm pretty sure the varieties that grow well up here are all thin skinned, I've never had any apple with a peel worth peeling. Why is this so great? Well it save a lot of time and effort, you simply chop the apple part off and use it as you would a peeled apple. The skin just melts away in pies or crisps. Cook up a big pot with a dash of water, simmer, then a quick blend with an immersion blender make perfect apple sauce. All the fiber, vitamin C, phytonutrients and antioxidants are in the skin and right under the skin, so whatever you make with your unpeeled apples will be more nutrient dense.



Now don't throw away that core! When chopping off the apple for cooking save the core. Put all the cores in a big pot with some water and give them a good boil, drain through cheesecloth and you have bonus apple juice for making jelly. Then if you have chickens hop on out to the coop and give them a treat of cooked apples, they'll love you for it.

get some of the red apples for a pink tint to your pie

So, support local farmers, buy local apples, don't peel them, nutrient dense bomb your kids, make the chickens happy and stock up for winter. Boom.


Peace and Love--





2 comments:

  1. Do you know what variety of apples they are? Its interesting that their skin is so thin. Are they tart or sweet?

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  2. I always make my pies and whatnot with the skins on. People have learned to suck it up and not whine, or they'll get no apple pie. I am amazed that there's enough warm time in Alaska to grow apples!

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