Apple juice benefits are too good for you to miss if you're juicing. Apples are one of my favorite fruits to juice because not only can they be added to any vegetable juice (or raw recipe) to sweeten the taste, but they are also one of the only fruits that combine well with all vegetables. Generally, green apples have a sharper, tangier taste than red, which are often sweeter and milder in flavor. Apples are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants which your body can absorb immediately, for instant and long-lasting health benefits. Always try get organic apples as orchards often spray apples heavily with pesticides.
originated in Asia
Apples were first cultivated in Central Asia in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan millions of years ago.
Apples are related to
From a deciduous tree that is a member of the rose family, apples, like roses, are best grown and propagated by grafting them onto root stock.
A recipe exists from the
The oldest apple recipe on record, according to the US Apple Association, was for Diced Pork and Matian Apples. It comes from De Re Coquinaria (“On Cookery”), dating from the third century and attributed to a gourmand named Marcus Gavius Apicius, who lived two centuries before.
A Lady Apple is the
oldest type of apple
One of the oldest types of apples still grown today is the Lady Apple, or Pomme d’Api, which was originally documented in early Rome (around 700 BC).
The crabapple comes from
The crabapple is the only apple native to North America according to the US Apple Association. British settlers brought the first European apple seeds, cuttings, and plants to America when they arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.
A short history of cider
Apple orchards were easier to plant and grow than barley (for beer). During colonial times, cider was considered safer to drink than communal water sources, which were often contaminated. So fermented cider became commonly served (weaker ones for children) at meals instead of water. Cider was even used to pay salaries sometimes! Up until the close of the 19th century, apple cider, not beer, was the preferred beverage of the working class.
There are more apples in
the world than ever before, but less variety
Many of the original thousands of apple varieties have dwindled out. One particularly valuable and threatened species is called Malus sieversii, a wild apple which is the ancestor of all cultivated apples in the world. Today, just 10 of the 3,000 varieties account for more than 70 percent of world production, according to National Geographic.
China produces most of
the world’s apples
China grows more apples than any other country, followed by the U.S. which commercially grows apples in 36 states.
To make plain apple juice, just juice apples by themselves. 3-4 make a nice size glass.
This recipe makes about 8-10 ounces of juice
3 apples, cored
1 lemon, peeled
1 handful green grapes
Optional: 1-3 cups fresh spinach
Juice the apples, lemon, grapes and spinach together. Serve immediately.