Ap·ple /ˈapəl/ 1. the round fruit of a tree of the rose family, which typically has thin red or green skin and crisp flesh. Many varieties have been developed as dessert or cooking fruit or for making cider. 2. the tree which bears apples.
Apple The apple tree may have been the earliest tree that humans cultivated,and growers have improved its fruits through selection over thousands of years. Alexander the Greatis credited with finding dwarfed apples in Kazakhstan in 328 BCE. Winter apples, picked in late autumn and stored just above freezing, have been an important food in Asia and Europe for millennia. Of the many Old World plants that the Spanish introduced in the 16th century, apple trees became particularly well adapted. Apples were introduced to North America by colonists in the 17th century, and the first apple orchard on the North American continent was planted in Boston by Reverend William Blaxton in 1625. The only apples native to North America are crab apples, which were once called "common apples”.Apple cultivars brought as seed from Europe were spread along Native American trade routes, as well as being cultivated on colonial farms. An 1845 United States apples nursery catalogue sold 350 of the "best" cultivars, showing the proliferation of new North American cultivars by the early 19th century. In the 20th century, irrigation projects in Eastern Washington began and allowed the development of the multibillion-dollar fruit industry, of which the apple is the leading product. Until the 20th century, farmers stored apples in frostproof cellars during the winter for their own use or for sale. Improved transportation of fresh apples by train and road replaced the necessity for storage.Controlled atmosphere facilities are used to keep apples fresh year-round. Controlled atmosphere facilities use high humidity, low oxygen, and controlled carbon dioxide levels to maintain fruit freshness. They were first used in the United States in the 1960s.
Apple Crumble Muffins, c/o the busy Baker These Apple Crumble Muffins are the perfect muffin for apple lovers - and they taste just like Grandma’s apple crumble!
Servings: 12 Ingredients: 1-1/4 C all purpose flour 1/2 C white sugar 1-1/2 t baking powder 2 t cinnamon 1/2 t nutmeg pinch of salt 4 apples unpeeled and diced 1/2 C milk 1 egg 1/4 C vegetable oil Crumble Topping: 1/2 C rolled oats 1/4 C soft unsalted butter 1/2 t cinnamon 1/4 C brown sugar Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners
Add the flour, sugar, baking power, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to a large bowl and combine with a wire whisk.
Add the unpeeled diced apples to the flour mixture and toss well to ensure the apples are well coated. This will help them remain distributed throughout the muffin batter when baking and keep them from settling at the bottom of the muffin.
Whisk the milk, egg and oil together in a small bowl or measuring cup and add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
Fold the wet and dry ingredients together gently just until no streaks of flour remain.
Spoon muffin batter into the muffin cups , dividing the batter between them as evenly as possible.
Combine the ingredients for the crumble topping together in a small bowl until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Top each unbaked muffin with a spoonful of crumb toping and bake the muffins for about 23-25 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into one of the muffins comes out clean.
Let the muffins cool in their tins for about 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes: These muffins are best enjoyed the day they’re made, but will keep in an air-tight container on the counter for about 3 days. Nutrition: Serving: 1 serving/Calories: 225/Carbohydrates: 35g/Protein: 3g/Fat: 9g/Saturated Fat: 6g/Cholesterol: 24mg/Sodium: 13mg/ Potassium: 169mg/Fiber: 2G/Sugar: 20g/Vitamin A: 192IU/Vitamin C: 3mg/Calcium: 52mg/Iron: 1mg
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