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I Wish Red Delicious Apples Would Just Go Away

by Sally on September 12, 2014

I Am Sick of Red Delicious Apples by Real Mom Nutrition

I am sick of Red Delicious apples. Specifically, I am sick of Red Delicious apples being passed off as actual apples when really, they’re just very attractive props.

Red Delicious apples, with their chewy skin and mealy flesh, are the most common apple in America, grown and sold more than any other variety. Thanks to years of breeding, the skin is redder and thicker than ever. They’re able to be picked before they’re ripe and resist bruising while they travel across the country…to people who don’t want to eat them.

In a new piece in the Atlantic, “The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious“, Sarah Yager describes the “paradox of the Red Delicious” as this:

“Alluring yet undesirable, the most produced and arguably the least popular apple in the United States. It lurks in desolation. Bumped around the bottom of lunch bags as schoolchildren rummage for chips or shrink-wrapped Rice Krispies treats. Waiting by the last bruised banana in a roadside gas station, the only produce for miles. Left untouched on hospital trays, forlorn in the fruit bowl at hotel breakfast buffets, bereft in nests of gift-basket raffia.”

Don’t get me wrong: Red Delicious apples look terrific in a bowl at a health fair. They’re the perfect vehicle for evil queens to poison unsuspecting storybook characters. But there is nothing “delicious” about them.

I Wish Red Delicious Apples Would Just Go Away

Yet those beautiful, bland things are served almost every day at my children’s school, where many of them get tossed in the garbage by the kids. Even when we cut them into easy-to-eat slices as part of the Fruit Ninjas program, most students take a few nibbles and push them aside. Who could blame them? “They’re green inside,” my six year old told me one day with horror. He’d never met a piece of fruit he didn’t like until he tried a Red Delicious at school.

I’m sure Red Delicious are the most economical choice for our school district to buy. I get it. But what a shame that there are apple orchards mere miles away where varieties like Melrose, Gala, and Honeycrisp are grown to perfection. Apples that would make kids swoon! And to think that some children may only know “apples” as “those tasteless round things I get in the cafeteria”.

Thankfully, there are signs that the vile Red Delicious may be on its way out. Production has dropped 40 percent, as more consumers demand Galas, Granny Smiths, and Fujis. I can only hope that trickles down to the lunch tray. Because how can we expect children to develop a taste for healthy foods if we don’t give them healthy food that actually tastes good?

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{Recipe} Real Simple Blueberry Jam

by Sally on July 28, 2014

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Blueberries are, hands-down, my favorite fruit. To me, it’s not really summer until I’ve picked many, many pounds at a local farm–then eaten so many that I get a stomachache.

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Still, I usually end up with leftovers. So I make muffins, pancakes, and fruit leathers and tuck a few bags away for the winter.

I also love making this easy blueberry jam. It comes from the pages of Real Simple magazine. True to the name, it’s both real and simple: just blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Obviously, this jam is amazing as a spread. But isn’t in beautiful swirled into homemade vanilla ice cream too?

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Blueberry Jam
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Ingredients
  • 5 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until the berries have released their juices.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally (*I recommend frequently*), until the mixture has thickened, 18 to 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to containers and refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 1 year.

*I’ve also halved it using 2 1/2 cups of blueberries and it’s turned out great. Enjoy!

Go here for more recipes from Real Simple magazine.

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{Recipe} Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie

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The End of Soccer Snacks?

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One Of The Best Things You Can Do On A Sunday

September 3, 2013

If you read my last post, you may be thinking that by “one of the best thing you can do” I mean “go to yoga class” or “ignore the mountains of laundry and snuggle with your kids” (read “A Back-To-School Pledge To Myself“). And yes, do those. And go to religious services. Or watch football. […]

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My Summer Bucket List: The Food

June 5, 2013

This summer, I want to… 1. Make many, many batches of homemade ice cream in my turquoise Cuisinart ICE-21. 2. Learn how to dry or freeze the extra herbs from my garden instead of letting them go to waste. 3. Go blueberry picking with my kids. Eat so many berries I feel sick. Repeat. 4. Drink a […]

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3 Days of Giveaways: Bare Fruit Apple Chips

May 28, 2012

This is one bag of chips you’ll actually want your kids digging into. And believe me, they will. These Bare Fruit organic apple chips are dried apples. With nothing added–no sugar, no preservatives. They’re “baked-dried” in wood-burning ovens at low temperatures for hours. So unlike other dried apples, they’re not soft. They’re crispy and crunchy. […]

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A Green Smoothie for Freezer Pop Season

March 30, 2012

I will put practically anything into popsicle molds: applesauce, yogurt and berries, the leftover juice at the bottom of a fruit cup. And for the most part, my kids will eat it. I’m a little late to the green smoothie game. I don’t have a juicer and didn’t think my blender would be powerful enough […]

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Giveaway: Dried Fruit That Will Amaze You!

January 28, 2012

Both of my kids love dried fruit and fight over it like it’s candy. And sometimes, dried fruit can seem a lot like candy–especially when a bunch of sugar’s been added. That’s one reason I dig these new Plum Amazins. They have no added sugar at all, and are naturally lower in sugar (and calories) than […]

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