Domestic Apple – Malus domestica

MacIntosh Apple, immature and still on the tree
MacIntosh Apple, immature and still on the tree

A Drop Fell on the Apple Tree—

Another—on the Roof—

A Half a Dozen kissed the Eaves—

And made the Gables laugh—

By Emily Dickinson

 

This native of Central Asia is grown just about anywhere people want it now. China, Turkey, France, Italy (the largest producers worldwide) and the United States all have healthy populations of apple trees. This medium tall tree grows well with other plants. In companion planting it is noted to produce better quality fruit if grown with foxglove or wallflowers; if the ground cover in the orchard is mainly clover the fruit stores better; grow any of the alliums under apples and it helps prevent or cure scab; finally I found this note… ‘If climbing nasturtiums are grown into the tree they can repel woolly aphids.’

In herbal medicine apples are suggested for the treatment of intestinal infections, constipation, mental and physical fatigue, hypertension, rheumatism, gout, anemia, bronchitis, urine retention, hepatic disorders, gastric and kidney malfunctions, hoarseness, coughing, and excess cholesterol in the blood.

At one point, when my eldest daughter was a wee little one we lived in South Carolina. She developed diarrhea that did not respond to any thing the doctor prescribed. An older neighbor lady suggested I give her honey sweetened tea and some applesauce. According to her the pectin in the apples and the tannin in the tea would do the trick. Within 6 hours of starting her regimen, the diarrhea was over and my baby was back to nursing, and being happy!

Super Sin-ple Applesauce

To make applesauce, all you need to do is quarter as many apples as you want, place them in a deep pan with just a small amount of water, so they don’t stick. Turn the heat on medium and allow the apples to simmer (keeping an eye on the liquid so that it doesn’t stick or burn) until the apples are so soft they are breaking down and separating from the skins.

You then put them through a Foley food mill, which will smash the apples and separate the skins and seeds out easily. If you made enough to can, follow basic water bath directions. Save some to eat tonight! Personally we add cinnamon to ours, it is sooo good!

Check out the first post on apples here

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