Applesauce is probably one of those things you never really think about…
Is it something you keep unopened in your pantry until two years past expiration? Do you consider it as more of a baby food than an adult food? Is it one of those foods that, after using a tiny bit for one meal, the jar sits in the back of the fridge until it becomes a candidate for a science fair project on bacteria growth?
Jarred applesauce is fine, BUT with literally about 5 extra minutes of work, you can make homemade Quick and Easy Applesauce that you will actually finish…probably in one sitting! And with the plethora (such a funny word…say it ten times fast and it becomes even funnier!) of delicious apples to choose from, you can tailor-make this recipe to fit your favorites.
I did a little research about apples. So, here are some trivia facts for the next time you’re on Jeopardy:
1) There are over 7,000 varieties of apples worldwide.
2) Apples are members of the rose family, and they’ve been around a long time.
3) The apple was the most popular fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans!
4) An average harvest from one mature apple tree produces about 840 pounds of apples, and varieties range in size from a little bigger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit!
5) Some apple trees can live over 100 years, but on average, it take them 4-5 years to produce their first fruits.
6) There are apples grown in all 50 US states, and the top apple-producing countries are China, The United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy.
7) On the nutrition side of things, the apple is considered a “super food,” as it’s full of antioxidants with loads of amazing health benefits! The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” just might be a true statement!
Looks like we might have just stumbled upon another science fair project….The Apple!
- 4-5 Granny Smith or Fiji apples (or combo of favorite apples)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- Pinch of salt
- Peel apples and dice in very small pieces.
- Put apples in pot and add all other ingredients.
- Simmer until apples are soft, about 15 minutes.
* This is a chunky applesauce. If a smoother consistency is desired, puree apples after cooking.
*Applesauce is super tasty as a side for pork or chicken, an ice cream topper or just a simple, healthy snack!