October is widely known because the Nice Lakes Nice Apple Crunch, a chance to advertise each native meals and wholesome snacks. The Apple Crunch encourages colleges, golf equipment, or places of work to decide on a day in October and serve contemporary native apples. The official day is Thursday, Oct. 10, however apples may be crunched any day in October to take part.

In Ross County, college students at Chillicothe Excessive College, Huntington Excessive College, and Adena Excessive College might be taking part within the crunch via their Household and Client Science or FFA Applications. At Zane Hint Colleges college students might be taking part via their Well being and PE courses. Ohio State College Extension, Ross County will accomplice with these colleges to offer native apples for his or her “Nice Apple Crunch” days.

Apples are a wholesome snack which gives each soluble and insoluble fiber in a single meals. Soluble fiber helps to stop ldl cholesterol buildup, decreasing the danger of coronary heart illness; and insoluble fiber helps transfer meals via your digestive system. The Vitamin C in apples is an antioxidant; vital for pores and skin, bones and therapeutic. Vitamin A, additionally in apples, performs a task in imaginative and prescient, bone progress, and our immune system. A small to medium apple is a low-calorie snack with solely 75 to 80 energy per apple. Apples are additionally fats, sodium, and gluten free.

Choose agency apples which can be freed from decay, bruises, damaged or shriveled pores and skin with an intact stem. Retailer apples within the fridge in a perforated, plastic bag away from different fruits. Apples produce ethylene with could trigger different fruits to prematurely ripen. Use inside three weeks. Earlier than serving wash underneath working water.

With over 7,500 types of apples it might be arduous to determine which to pick. Every selection has totally different qualities which can enable you within the course of. Apples may be candy, tart, tender and clean or crisp and crunchy. Some varieties are excellent for baking, others work higher in salads, and a few are finest for consuming contemporary – like these we are going to choose for the “Nice Apple Crunch.”  For instance, Jonathans are tart and nice for baking. Galas (my private favourite) are candy and good for consuming or salads. Granny Smith apples are tart and nice for baking.

The Ohio Apple web site has an ideal information to offer details about varieties, their style, and what they’re finest used for. Go to  to search out out extra. Apples luckily have an ideal shelf life and can be utilized in quite a few methods when cooking – suppose salads, cake, muffins or bread, in pancakes, sandwiches, oatmeal, or scorching in chili, stuffing, or with candy potatoes or squash. It truly is a really versatile fruit. The USDA What’s Cooking Mixing Bowl has over 140 recipes which can be economical and most are wholesome, discover them at  

In case you have the prospect, choose regionally grown apples to have optimum taste, stop lack of vitamins, help the native financial system, promote a secure meals provide, and know the place your meals was grown. If you need to affix the Nice Lakes Nice Apple Crunch contact Lisa Barlage, Ohio State College Extension, Household and Client Sciences Educator to affix native colleges at or by telephone at 740-702-3200. Publish your individual images on social media displaying your college students, co-workers, or members of the family crunching apples in October and use the hashtag #GreatAppleCrunch.

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