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The Fantastic Flavors of Apples

Apples come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.

Apples come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.


Apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely used fruit by humans. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees.

The apple tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.

Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists.

I’ve never been big on apples, therefore never cared for applesauce, pie, crisp, or apple butter. However on my recent stay in the hospital, I had this huge red apple on my dinner tray.

It looked good, plump and juicy so rather then reject it as I normally would I simply sat it aside that evening.

The next day sometime after lunch and before dinner, I decided to try this lovely fruit. Boy have I been missing out. It was plump, juicy, sweet. I savored every bite, and found a new love for “apples”

Once I am up and about in the kitchen I plan to whip up some dishes from savory to sweet desserts using this wonderful and very versatile fruit.
And that is why the “Apple” is just…….

Pure Awesomness

My second favorite apple, pink lady.

My second favorite apple, pink lady.

Red so far my favorite.

Red so far my favorite.

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Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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  1. I agree. Red apple is my favorite too–there is sensual look to it…lol

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    • You know Uzoma, that’s sort of what I thought when I saw it on my tray. It was shiny, looked so delicious, and the overall appearance was really temptation in disguise.
      Wow, have I missed out over the years. In fact I am going to have one right now! 🙂

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  2. Well now the praise “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” does have it’s merits. I remember hearing that a good crisp apple is also considered natures toothbrush.

    Thanks for another great post. There are indeed many varieties and many ways to use apples. One of the best though that I can think of is taking an apple off the tree in autumn and just rubbing it on your shirt to shine it up and then eating it.

    While there are some foods I most likely will not try…just because of allergies…I’m glad I can still eat apples.

    And oh, here’s a little something for you…’an apple for the teacher?’
    http://julesgemstonepages.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/honoring-22/

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