6 Things You Never Knew an Apple Could Do

 

February is Apple month in Nova Scotia. From buying them year-round at your local market to U-picking them right from the tree in the fall, Nova Scotians have a love affair with our favourite fruit. But did you know what else you can do with an apple besides eat one? Here are a few great morsels of knowledge to nibble on.

 

1) Get crafty with apple stamps. When the kids are bored, all you need is some water based paint, construction paper or cloth and an apple. Simply cut the apple in half, dip it in the paint and stamp onto the paper. Try different coloured paints, different sized apples and making different patterns. Voila…fine apple art.

 

2) Make a candle holder. It’s as easy as coring out the top of the apple until you can fit a tea-light into it. Then light and enjoy the ambience and the aroma. Oh. Make sure the bottom of the apple a stable and sits flat. We wouldn’t want your apple candles tipping over.

 

3) Soften hardened brown sugar. If your brown sugar hardens after being exposed to humidity, you can bring it back by placing an apple wedge in a self-sealing plastic bag with the hardened sugar. Seal the bag and put it in a dry place for a day or two. It’ll be good as new.

 

4) Keep your chicken moist. The next time you roast a chicken, stuff an apple inside the bird. This will help keep the chicken moist during the cooking process. And everyone agrees, moist chicken beats dry as a bone chicken any day.

 

5) Brush your teeth without a toothbrush. Just chew on an apple after you eat. The natural firmness will help clear away particles and freshen your mouth.

 

6) Cleanse oily hair.  Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a pint of water and rinse through your hair after shampooing and conditioning to help remove residue.

 

These are just a few extra reasons to love apples. But don’t get us wrong, we’ll never stop loving all the ways you can eat them too. For some inspiring apple recipes, visit our recipes section. You can also find all kind of information on apple varieties, uses, storage and more in the Health & Education section of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association's website.