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The amazing apple

Agriculture.com Staff 08/17/2008 @ 11:00pm

It's a well-known fact that these tasty treats are good for you. Apples are free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol. One medium-size raw, cored, and unpeeled apple has about 80 calories. They're a great source of fiber pectin, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol. One apple has 5 grams of fiber.

Most health benefits come from eating the skin. Two thirds of the fiber and many antioxidants are found in the peel.

Buy firm apples that have good color and a fresh fragrance. The skin of the apple should be shiny, not dull, with no gouges or bruises.

Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated. Store in a cool, dark place or put in a plastic bag and keep in your refrigerator's crisper drawer.

Whether it's an ingredient in pork ribs, apple bars, or a salad, no doubt you'll enjoy this healthy fruit any way you prepare it.

Start to finish: 1 hour

2 pounds boneless pork country-style ribs
1 cup cranberry juice or cranberry-apple juice
1/2 cup sliced celery
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 medium red and/or green cooking apples, cored and cut into wedges
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup cranberry juice or cranberry-apple juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 cups hot cooked spaetzle or orzo

Step 1: Preheat broiler. Place ribs on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 6 inches from the heat about 10 minutes or until brown, turning once.

Step 2: Place ribs in a 4-quart Dutch oven. Add the 1 cup cranberry juice, celery, bouillon granules, sage, cinnamon, ginger, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until meat is tender. Add apple wedges and dried cranberries,. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until apple wedges are tender. Transfer meat and fruit to serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm.

Step 3: For sauce, measure pan juices. If necessary, add enough additional cranberry juice to equal 1-1/4 cups. Return juices to Dutch oven. In a small bowl stir together the 1/4 cup cranberry juice and cornstarch until smooth. Stir into pan juices in Dutch oven. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Serve meat and fruit over hot cooked spaetzle or orzo. Pass sauce. If desired, garnish with fresh sage leaves. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 434 calories, 21 g fat, 79 mg cholesterol, 219 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 22 g protein.

Note: The Pork Ribs with Apples and Cranberries recipe calls for spaetzle or orzo, which can be found in the rice and pasta aisle of your supermarket.

Photographs: Jim Krantz

It's a well-known fact that these tasty treats are good for you. Apples are free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol. One medium-size raw, cored, and unpeeled apple has about 80 calories. They're a great source of fiber pectin, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol. One apple has 5 grams of fiber.

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