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Season's Fruits
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by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine
 

For decades, Filipinos have associated apples with the Christmas Season. Call it "colonial mentality" but this temperate fruit has created its own local myth, based partly on scarcity (it was difficult to source locally before globalization) and price (then and now, some apple types are very expensive). Unfortunately, the borderless nature of today's world economy has made apples more common and inexpensive. Thus, it's safe to say that it is gradually losing the aura of exclusivity it has acquired through the decades-at least in the Philippines.

Anyway, here are some juicy facts about this most famous of "holiday fruits."

  • Apples are temperate fruits. As such, they love to be cold and hence, should be refrigerated unless it needs to ripen some more.

  • How should apples look like when bought? It should be firm, crisp, bright and well colored.

  • Some apples are only good for cooking and some are for eating. Examples of cooking apples include Gravenstein, Rome Beauty and York. Apples good for eating include, Cortland and Delicious.

  • Why are there many types of apples? Blame it to nature. Every apple seed planted will result in a slightly different apple. As such, don't expect a Delicious apple's seed to result in another Delicious apple tree when planted. Anyway, apple trees are propagated through cuttings.

  • You can prevent sliced apples from browning (oxidizing) by applying acidulated water (water mixed with a small amount of lemon or lime juice). Drain and pat dry before using.

  • Is there such a thing as lady apple? Believe it or not, there is. Actually it's a small, attractive apple grown mostly in France. It is used for decorating purposes and for making desserts.

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