By: Kelley Dillon and Jenny Breen
This recipe was inspired by our CSA which included apples from Oasis Orchards.
"I want to provide something good for my community and improve access to fresh produce."
- Christine Albrecht, Oasis Orchards
Apples have been beloved since the beginning of human history. There are thousands of apple varieties. Since the apple breeding program began at the University of Minnesota in 1888, nearly 30 apple varieties have been developed. These varieties include SweeTango, Honeycrisp, Zestar!, Kinderkrisp, and SnowSweet that are grown at Oasis Orchards.
Christine Albrecht at Oasis Orchards began growing apples because she wanted to address food insecurity in the community by improving access to fresh produce. Food insecurity is the lack of reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.
Apples are fruit that grow from flowering trees. Apple trees take 4-5 years to produce their first fruit. Apple varieties that fall into three broad categories: cider, cooking, and dessert varieties. They differ in size, shape, acidity, crispness, flavor, and shade of red, green, or yellow.
There is truth to the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are nutrient dense. Nutrient dense food is the foundation of a healthy eating pattern and is recommended to maintain good health and prevent disease. Apples are full of vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. Vitamin C is important for immune function and skin health.