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October National Apple Month
October 03, 2022

October National Apple Month

Hi! Friends,

Early of October is always apple picking time for us. In upstate NY, this is the time when everybody is busy at all fall activities. Visiting apple orchard is like a must to almost every family.

For mine, we always visit the same one where I can take a pic of my son standing in front of the apple-tree liked height measurement. Plus, it’s great to support small businesses. Of course, we stock up plenty of apples, too. With that said, we are going to cover many things about apples this time.

Enjoy the beauty of fall!

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Ultimate Way to Stop Apples from Browning

This is a well-known tip in Chinese culinary culture. To stop apples, pears or any fruits and vegetables of similar kind from browning is to submerge the cut pieces into a bowl of salted cold water.

Please be aware that the salt water is NOT brine. The ratio is 1/8 tsp of salt with 4 cups of cold water. Soak apples into it for about a minute and you are good to go.

Bonus tip - Chinese restaurants leave cut up apples and pears in salted water overnight to keep the fruit having vibrant colors at all time. I know you are going to ask me "that" question. No, the fruit does not get salty.

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Both Cantonese and Mandarin pronunciation of apples, "Ping Guo", are very similar. The difference is the tone.

Apples may not be in many Chinese ancient paintings like peaches. Being a big fan of Chinese history, I don't remember seeing "apples" showing up in any historical events, writings and poets. After several internet searches, I found out that apples originated from Xinjiang. This is the province in the far northwest of modern China. But if you know the ancient Chinese history, Xinjiang was treated as the West or "foreign region" for over 2,000 years. Ancient Chinese, sometimes, referred to people living in that region as "barbarians". Xinjiang was officially under Chinese rule until 1884.

So, do you think that apples were from China?

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Be Safe and Healthy

Let's wrap up this month with this Bible verse.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

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