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
- 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.