As apple season nears its end in our area, I spent some time going back through my recipes to make sure I’ve gotten a chance to enjoy them all with fresh apples. Since I grew up with an apple orchard right next to my house, apples have always been a big part of my life. Snipping blossoms and arranging them in a big vase in spring time, watching the little apples grow throughout the summer, picking that first Macoun in early fall and polishing it on my jeans before taking a crispy bite, sampling all the different varieties, helping press the apples into cider, and of course baking apples into a pie. Now that I no longer live on the farm, I’ve planted my own little mini-orchard of six apple trees, but it will be a few years before I get any apples.
Here are some of my favorite ways to eat apples. As you prepare any of these recipes, I highly recommend eating the skin that you peel off of the apples. The skin smells and tastes wonderful, so don’t waste it!
What’s your favorite way to eat apples?