- The apple has a unique place in our hearts — after all, according to religious belief, a piece of the forbidden apple stuck in Adam’s throat, which is how the lump in the front of the neck became known as ‘Adam’s Apple’.
- Apples originated in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago
- The Celtic word for apple, abhall, is still used in many place-names, and some towns and cities have particular associations with fruit trees. Norwich was described in Tudor times as ‘either a city in an orchard or an orchard in a city.’
- About four per cent of an apple is made up of vitamins and minerals. The rest of the apple, more than 80 per cent, is made up of water.
- In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.
- The apples from one tree can fill 20 boxes every year. Each box weighs an average 42 pounds.
- Fresh apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
- Drinks made from the fermented juice of apples and pears were recorded by the Romans, but cider was probably known much earlier, at least by the Bronze Age.
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Every dollar you spend on an apple fritter or sausage at the Apple Butter and Cheese Festival goes toward community projects. Over the past 32 years, the Apple Butter and Cheese Festival has funds for community improvements.
Apple Butter Spice Cake
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup apple butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch square cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; swirl the pan until the butter turns a nutty brown, about 1 minute. Pour into a large bowl. Add apple butter, brown sugar (breaking up any lumps) and oil and whisk until smooth. Add raisins, buttermilk, egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and salt; whisk until just combined.
3. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.