Apple harvest rallies from slow start
Apples have many health benefits
NEW ULM — After a delayed start due to last fall’s
drought, the apple harvest has caught up and is going well
now, says A-Peeling Acres Orchard owner Sue Blake.
“We have really great apples this year, just not as
many,” Blake said. “Apples started about a week late, but
now everything seems to have caught up. The crop is about
two-thirds of last year.”
The orchard at 20902 Pine Apple Lane, off Shag Road,
just south of New Ulm, has many types of apples available
including honey crisp, honey gold, chestnut crab, Mcintosh,
Harralson, freedom and regent.
Normally, apples are ready for harvest in September
and October. If you want to stretch the fall harvest, store
apples in a cool, dark place.
Apples offer many health benefits, especially if you eat
the skin. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants. Eating
them lowers the risk of many chronic conditions including
type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Apples
can promote weight loss, improve gut, lung strength, brain
health, immunity and help reduce asthma and inflammation.
Apples are often used in recipes like pies, cookies,
muffins, jam, salads, oatmeal and smoothies. They make a
great snack or wedged and smeared with nut butter. They
can make applesauce, apple pie, apple turnovers and apple
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