Monday, 5 November 2012

An Apple a Day...

The Spark:
Did you know that apples are considered a superfood?  Scientific evidence has shown that the old health proverb- an apple a day keeps the doctor away- may, in fact, be correct.  Apples existed as a wild fruit since prehistoric times and have been cultivated for more than 3,000 years.  The ancient Greeks, Etruscans, Romans and Egyptians were among its early cultivators.  During the California Gold Rush apples sometimes fetched more than $100 a bushel because of their versatility, durability and capacity to be preserved by drying.  

The apple tree now grows (in thousands of varieties) in almost every corner of the globe from Japan to Madagascar to South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, China, England, France and North America.  

Apples are considered super foods!  If you were asked to choose a healthy snack for yourself, apples would definitely make the list.  Apples have a variety of health benefits but of particular interest are the amazing polyphenols located in the skin.  An apples nutrients are disproportionately present in the skin so alway try to eat the skin because it contains up to five times as many of these polyphenols as the flesh.  Your challenge in this quest will be to try to come up with ways to eat apples by processing, cooking , and preserving them with their skin.  

Have you ever heard the saying "one bad apple spoils the bunch?"  Well, it's true.  The  amazing polyphenol content of apples is related to their easy browning when sliced or bruised.  It's important to handle apples delicately in order to protect their health-supportive polyphenols.  Damaged apples not only turn brown, but they also start releasing relatively large amounts of ethylene gas that can pose a risk to other undamaged apples.  It's important to handle this amazing fruit with tender loving care and removing any damaged apples from groups of apples stored in bulk.

How to Handle and Pick Apples

Apples should be stored in a dark, cool place, such as your refrigerator- they should be stored in a plastic bag with air holes, in order to retain maximum amounts of vitamin C.  Apples are among the 12 foods on which pesticide residues have been most frequently found.  Try and consume apples that are grown organically or it is recommended that you thoroughly rinsing the entire apple under a stream of pure running water while gently scrubbing the skin with a natural bristle for 15 seconds.

Super Natural Child: Superheroes ACTIVATE!  Are you interested in apples?  Then start your quest to find out more.  Your quest begins with the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To find, harvest, slice, core, process, cook, preserve, bake, share, and eat a superfood (APPLES!)
What:  Find apples on a tree in your backyard, on an apple orchard, or find an elderly person in your community that cannot harvest their own apples but has an existing apple tree in their backyard.  Harvest the apples, share them, put out a challenge to create a healthy snack with apples using the apple skin, hold a bake sale to raise funds for a worthy cause.
Where:  In your neighbourhood or school community
Who:  You, your friends, and family
How:  Watch the video below to find out how.  It's a S.N.CH.!  Or is it.

Take Action:

Andy and Elmer's Apple Dumpling Adventure
Find an apple tree, harvest apples, share the harvest, make a healthy snack that includes the apple skin, hold a bake sale for a worthy cause

Make a felt apple cozy to prevent bruising

Enjoy a Classic Disney Short Film-  Johnny Appleseed


Don't Stop Here:
Don't stop here!  Keep on exploring and researching apples.  You never know, they may become on of your passions in life.  And don't forget, if you have a hunch about something, drop us an email and we'll do our best to give it a whirl and get back to you.

Quest Check:
Stay interested in life.  Keep checking back with us to see if your interests match out quests.


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