By Vicky Babcock
“American as apple pie,” suggests an American heritage to this popular fruit. Yet, not withstanding, apple consumption dates back to the very beginnings of Man—remnants of the fruit have been found in Stone Age dwellings—and may very well have been the forbidden fruit which led to our Biblical fall from Grace.
Confusion however, may have arisen from the Latin mālum—meaning “an apple” and mălum—“an evil.” Each of these words is commonly written as malum. Genesis 2:17 refers to the tree that bore the forbidden fruit as the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”—thus, the connection. Another theory is that the Apple was chosen as the “Forbidden Fruit,” by the early Roman Catholic Church due to the fact that when an apple is cut in half crosswise the inside reveals the shape of a pentagram.
Apple trees are thought to have originated in Central Asia and brought to North America by European colonists in the 17th century. Apple varieties brought as seed from Europe were spread along Native American trade routes, and cultivated on Colonial farms. John Chapman—better known as Johnny Appleseed (real, not merely legend) has been credited with much of the spread of apple trees throughout the Midwest. He also provided bags of seeds to families heading westward. To Native Americans, Johnny was the “great medicine man” because he also scattered seeds from healing herbs. Today there are over 7,500 known cultivars of apples. The United States is the second largest producer of apples in the world.
Apples provide a natural benefit to the stomach, bowels and heart, supplying malic and tartaric acids that aid to neutralize the acid products of indigestion. It is a very digestible fruit and aids in the digestion of other foods as well. It is an excellent after meal snack as a tooth-cleansing tool and provides significant dietary fiber and vitamin C. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. For the optimal benefit, apples should be consumed with the peel on. That said, most baked apple recipes require you to remove the peel. If you must do so, save some of the long peels to throw over your shoulder. The letters these create will give you an indication of whom you will marry.
2 whole Granny Smith Apples or other tart apple
2 cans (8 oz.) Crescent Rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
Cinnamon (to taste)
1 can (12 oz.) ™Mountain Dew Soda
Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9×13 pan.
Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir. and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Serve with ice cream if desired, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.
Note: You can use ™Diet Mountain Dew as well or another similar flavored soda.
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