By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD ---Jackson In Action Communications Director
Apple trees are cultivated worldwide, and are the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples were brought to North America by European colonists and have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions.
Cook it: Everything is better with apples. They pair very well with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Harvest of the Month is a Jackson County, Wisconsin initiative that highlights a different produce item every month. September features cooking demos on WEAU-TV 13, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a taste-testing event at Black River Memorial Hospital. A video of each Harvest of the Month recipe is also available at www.brmh.net/recipes.
Celebrate Apples with these events:
WEAU-TV-13 Thurs Aug. 13, 4 p.m. Newscast. “Cabbage” live cooking demo with Black River Memorial Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN,CD on Thurs. Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.
BRMH Hospital - Harvest of the Month Appple Event –Wed. Oct. 17, 11:30am – 12:30 pm. Black River Memorial Hospital Café, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Apple Nutrition Apples have virtually no fat. One medium apple has about 80 Calories and a good source of fiber.
Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD is Communications Director for Jackson In Action and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Black River Memorial Hospital. She develops B-WELLthy Harvest of the Month recipes and videos and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
HARVEST APPLE SLAW
Speed up the prep by purchasing cole slaw mix. Vanilla yogurt gives just the right sweet to this crunchy delight.
Servings: 10 (Approx.1/2 c. ea.)
3 c. Cabbage, shredded (Approx. 1 bag)
2 c. Apples, sliced thin
1 c. Celery, sliced diagonally
1/3 c. Plain lowfat yogurt (or plain Greek Yogurt or light sour cream) or vanilla yogurt
2 Tbs. Pineapple juice (or honey) - omit if using vanilla yogurt
½ t. Prepared mustard (or 2 t. Dijon mustard)
½ t. Celery seeds
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (more or less)
¼ c. Mayonnaise (optional)
Per ½ c. Serving (Makes 10 Serv.)
¾ c. Sliced almonds or slivered
¾ c. Dried cranberries (craisins) or other dried fruit, minced
Combine dressing. Taste and adjust. Add to vegetables.
Serve immediately or chill and serve. A tasty side dish or topping for sandwiches. Use your favorite seasonal apple variety. Adapted from Celebrating a Healthy Harvest Recipes--Cookbook)
Variations…Add grilled chicken and other vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, etc.
MORE RECIPES :www.JacksonInAction.org/recipes
photo: Katie Schmidt
Harvest of the Month is a partnership between Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services, Black River Memorial Hospital, Together for Jackson County Kids, Ho-Chunk Nation, UW Extension-Jackson County, Lunda Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, Hansen’s IGA, local school districts, The Library and the community.