Monday, September 21, 2015

In Season Apples and Pumpkins

Fall is in the air and everything is pumpkin flavor. Our post is no exception and we have a great Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip to share today. With October right around the corner it is time to plan what yummy pumpkin creations to share.

Pumpkin is indigenous to North America. Halloween pumpkins are edible and the source of canned pumpkin.

Selection- Select pumpkins that are firm and heavy for their size.

Nutrition Benefits- Fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, good source of vitamin C, excellent source of vitamin A.

Storage- Store pumpkins a a cool, dark place up to 2 months.
Check out the Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip recipe. I suggest eating it with apple slices, however I’m sure you could use it in many ways. Apples are also in season right now!

About 2500 known varieties of apples are grown in the United States. More than 7,500 are grown worldwide.

A medium apple has about 80 calories.

Don't peel your apple. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants and found in the peel. 

Selection- Choose firm, shiny, smooth apples with intact stems. Should smell fresh.

Storage- Refrigerate apples in plastic bag away from strong-odored foods. Use within 3 weeks.

Nutrition Benefits- Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; high source of dietary fiber.

Enjoy this yummy and healthy fall time treat!

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