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An apple a day…does keep the doctor away but only if we eat it! My back garden fence overlooks a house that is home to several apple trees. The huge, red juicy fruit is left to drop and rot in the old orchard which is a big shame. I often wonder why the inhabitants of the house are not picking those apples and offering them to neighbours for free. Very selfish and wasteful if you ask me.

Anyway, the apple is a lovely fruit. Earl Mindell describes the apple as a fruit that the famous court physician: Galen prescribed to emperors and gladiators in the form of apple wine. Galen insisted that this was the cure to almost every ailment brought to his ‘surgery’. Perhaps not, but the apple is a very important part of one’s daily diet. For a start, it is good for digestion of food. It is also great to relieve diarrhoea. As apples are rich in soluble fibre: the substance that helps us regulate the body’s blood sugar it is a good help in preventing sudden increases or drop in serum levels. Pectin, a type of soluble fibre found in apples is hailed for its ability to lower blood cholesterol levels thus reducing the risk of heart disease. I would prefer eating 1 to 2 medium-sized apples everyday than taking Statins!

So in summary here are some benefits of the apple:

It is considered as a good remedy for rheumatism.
It helps prevent diarrhoea and constipation. For the former, eat the grated apple peel for relief.
It reduces cholesterol and normalises blood sugar.
It is a traditional remedy for joint pain and stiffness.

I love the natural and untreated apples that gardeners and friends share with me…thank you.

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now that's od. when little if we ate 2 apples [1 extra behind mums back] we used to get the runs! She always knew if we'd been scrumping.

17 Oct, 2013



17 Oct, 2013


A lot of apples go to waste in the villages around are area... its a shame...

thank you for good information....

from Jane...

17 Oct, 2013


There's a site on google for Bramley apples that has some wonderful apple recipes.

17 Oct, 2013


I just cut them in half crosswise (take the pits part out) , sprinkle them with brown sugar and cinnamon and bake them....for a delish desert. Who needs a pastry?
But the best is to grab one from a tree when in the garden.

Cannot you just go and ask if you can have them Gorgeous? They might not object.
Thanks for the info.

18 Oct, 2013


Hi GM Rainbow ...
interesting apple blog.. thank you :o)

18 Oct, 2013


I have been visiting my friend Barbara for weeks now. First it was her Victoria Plumbs now it is her cooking apples and some eating apples with more to come. She shares them with me because there are so many and I don't mind climbing the ladder. Anything for an apple G.

18 Oct, 2013


That was interesting :o)
I try to eat an apple every day. I like small ones, and I usually buy 'kids apples' in Morrisons lol because they are big enough for me ... the ones in my garden are not very nice. I think I'll get rid of the tree and buy a new one.

18 Oct, 2013


For most of my life I have generally managed to eat, at least, one apple a day but it don't keep the Doc away and I am taking a statin-a-day! Still, the apples are nice.

18 Oct, 2013


Happy Monday Morning to you all my favourite gardening pals!

We learn something new everyday! Even though it rained cats and dogs all weekend, God kindly created a window of opportunity enabling me to make a dash down to the Mill garden where I tidy up this huge expanse of garden...with the help of my collegues who run the flour mill there, ofcourse.

I was shown how the mill actually works and all those huge wheels inside and outside of the Mill house are very interesting to watch. In no time the wholemeal flour was pouring down for packaging which the team have mastered to a perfect art. Good old Alan and Pat brought down some windfall apples again so I had a good bag of apples to take home. And I bought a bag of good grade, natural flour. Following Pat's advice, I decided to bake an apple pie with the Bramley apples and I must say that for a first attempt, it was good! The pastry needs a bit more white flour to balance it out and make it less stiff and hard and perhaps I should have mixed it an egg to make it softer. Maybe next time, I will only heat the apples for a little less time as they broke down quite quickly and I had to add a Cox to the 'mush' to give it some crunch. All in all, we love it and will be trying this out again until it turns out perfect.

Hywel - I was wondering what all the kids apples and bananas are about??? They look the same size as 'adult sized' fruit to me!

Linda235 - What kind of apple is a Victoria Plumb please? It sounds tasty...

Bulbaholic - Thank you for confirming that some of this information is hypothetical. Apples shan't always be a cure or preventative to all ailments:)

Klahanie - Those 'neighbours' have just bought the house and I think live abroad or have another house somewhere but as they are a few streets away on I'd rather not. They have next door neighbours on both sides and it would have been nice to see them picking the apples rather than them going to waste...but hey ho.

Terratonie - Glad you liked the blog x

Steragram - Thanks for that infor but have you any recipes that you have tried and tested, please?

Thanks again y'all:)

21 Oct, 2013


I core them and stuff them with sultanas or dates. Serve with cream, plain yogurt or creme fraiche.

Or make a crumble using half and half oats and flour (the less flour the better as far as I'm concerned and sometimes I leave it out altogether - just make a very thin topping, not the big thick kind you usually get. you can mix the apples with sultanas or blackcurrants, or add one thinly sliced quince, or some lemon juice and a little ginger. or use the more traditional cinnamon.

I just made some little rostis (like rissoles) with potato, a large Bramley apple and a big slice of chopped up ham, bound with yolk of egg and with a pinch of mustard, a few chopped chives and a big dollop of creme fraiche. You need twice the weight of potato to apple. Finely grate both and press in a clean tea towel to remove moisture before you mix it all up.(Don't leave this step out!) Fry on both sides until golden. i finish off in the micriowave to make sure the potato is all cooked. They freeze well after cooking. Something different and delicious.

22 Oct, 2013


A recipe fit for The Great Bristish Bake Off or better still; Hairy Bikers! Sounds scrumptious. Thank you Stera...much try it out.

23 Oct, 2013


A Victoria plumb is a plumb called Victoria. :0))))))

23 Oct, 2013


They are what people are supposed to to send to the queen, You know, "Send her Victorious"...

23 Oct, 2013

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