In many regions across the country, September marks the start of apple season. From granny smith to red delicious, there’s usually a wide variety of apples to be found at your local farm or grocery store. Celebrate autumn by enjoying this fruit with the entire family – whether you’re looking for a snack or some fall-themed arts and crafts, apples come in handy.
Thanks to new twists on classic recipes, caramel apples are a favourite seasonal treat that never gets old. For kids, making them is half the fun. The Ontario Apple Growers provides tips that will please everyone’s taste buds: Rather than coating the caramel apple with nuts, the website suggests using broken pretzels or cookies. Not only do these caramel apples taste wonderful, but they make one-of-a-kind rustic centerpieces as well. Find the complete recipe and other delicious apple ideas at http://onapples.com/.
Both young children and teens will love painting with apples. All you need are some apples, acrylic paint, popsicle sticks and paper. Slice an apple so that the inside surface is flat and even. Push a popsicle stick into the outside layer of the fruit for leverage, dip the flat side of the slice into your paint then go ahead and make a masterpiece. You can even experiment by cutting out shapes like stars, on the inside part of the fruit to make cool patterns and stamps. Adults will have to do all the cutting for younger kids, although you can use plastic knives for shape cutting.
And while apples are fun and healthy to eat, there are also health benefits to going out and picking a bushel yourself. Throughout Canada, apple growers are encouraging Canadians to enjoy the late summer weather, take a walk and pick apples from any of the country’s many u-pick orchards. Look to your local orchards, or if you’re having trouble finding one, you can check the websites of your province’s apple grower association, which generally provide a list of u-pick farms in your region.
Packed with nutrients and flavour, apples are a healthy choice, whether enjoyed on their own or as an entrée ingredient. Have fun experimenting with new recipes and crafts all year long, or get into the autumn spirit with a whole month of apple-related projects. To find out more about which varieties your province grows, visit http://www.ats.agr.gc.ca/can/4480000-eng.htm