The spring may have strawberries, and the summer may bring peaches and melons, but fall in North Carolina brings its own special treat – apples.
Here are a few apple facts:
- It takes about 36 apples to make one gallon of cider.
- The pilgrims planted the first American apple trees in Massachusetts
- Apples float because they are about 25 percent air.
- Refrigerate your apples if you want them to last longer. Apples ripen ten times faster at room temperature.
- Apples are grown commercially in 36 states. North Carolina ranks 8th nationally in apple production with 125 million pounds produced in 2014.
Last month, Mary Fuentes, 16, of Charlotte placed first in the N.C. Apple Growers Association Apple Recipe Contest at the N.C. State Fair. Mary won $200 for her Autumn Apple Cake.
Following is Mary’s winning recipe. More apple recipes are available from the N.C. Apple Growers website.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups raw apples, peeled and chopped
- ¾ cup pecans
- 1 stick butter
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
- Cream together all ingredients with a mixer.