With apple season in full swing, I’ve been thinking about how to use the abundance of apples we have in the shop from Appletree Farm and donated by our members. And I’ve been finding out how good apples are for us. My interest has been particularly piqued by the benefits of stewed apples as they are ‘rich in soluble fibre and act as a prebiotic’, which is great for our gut health!
Stewing apples is also a great way to make good use of an apple glut as you can keep them in the fridge for a few days or freeze them for up to 6 months. I’ve been having stewed apples for breakfast with some Clandeboye Greek yoghurt, which is produced in a really sustainable way, and some toasted oats, and it is yummy!
As we try to eat more seasonally, at Carrick Greengrocers we’ve been thinking about how we can cook, ferment and freeze produce to make it last through the months when it is out of season.
Last year a friend donated a load of cooking apples, and I passed some on to my mum who made a gorgeous roasted garlic and apple chutney. It kept really well in a jar in the fridge and was perfect with some high quality, high welfare, free range roast pork from Jubilee Farm.
If you don’t have time to make your own, why not try apple and cranberry chutney from Polly and Archie’s or some refreshing apple juice pressed by Apple Tree Farm and a firm favourite in the Greengrocers.