Why the Doctor was Right about Apples!

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Red delicious, Granny Smith, or crab apple; whatever variety you fancy, apples do a body good! What’s so great about apples?

Low in fat and calories

Hungry? Apples are a healthy, filling, and sensible snack. One apple contains less than 100 calories. Great for the body and the waistline!


Apples are a great source of fibre. The peel and pulp of the apple are the main contributors to the fibrous content. One medium-sized apple contains over 4 grams of fibre. Adults should aim for at least 21 – 38 grams of dietary fibre each day.


Crab Apple Banana Jerky – by Naomi

We love when our volunteers share recipes with us! Thank you, Naomi!

Crab Apple Banana Jerky


  • 2 cups crushed banana
  • 5 cups crab apples


  1. Cut away the crab apples and discard the core.
  2. Boil the crab apple pieces in 1 cup water about 30 minutes, until soft.
  3. Puree apples in a blender. Add the bananas, blend.
  4. Place puree about 1/4 inch thick on food dryer leather trays (or use parchment paper); dry for about 12 hours, or until crispy; break into chips.
  5. If you have very tart crab apples, use a higher ratio of bananas. If you have small hard crab apples that are difficult to cut, parboil them first to make them easier to slice and remove the core.

Crab Apple Maple Beverage – by Naomi

We love when our volunteers share recipes with us! Thank you, Naomi!

Crab Apple Maple Beverage


  • 4 cups crab apples (small hard crab apples work especially well)
  • Water to cover crab apples in cooking pot
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Boil the whole crab apples until soft, crush with a potato masher and strain.
  2. Discard the cores, stems and skins.
  3. Cool the juice, dilute with water to taste and add maple syrup.
  4. I like to serve with ice, you can also add your favourite liquor.

Fruit Share & My Bartending Career by Marc Tessier

A big THANK YOU to Marc Tessier for sharing his story. Enjoy the read!

I’ve been an on again off again bartender for the past 6 years, but only started taking that career seriously about a year ago. After a trip to Victoria, BC for the Art of the Cocktail festival, I realized that being a bartender is not only about slinging sub par drinks. It is an art, a craft, and in order to perfect your craft, you must train. Men and women behind the stick are creating their own syrups, bitters, cordials, shrubs, preserves, etc… in order to be more creative with cocktail creations.

Hold Those Apples!

Pascale's Apple ButterA few weeks ago I started to notice that the crab apple tree in our yard was putting out apples a lot larger and nicer looking than your average crab apple. Much to my delight, I realised that it wasn’t a crab apple tree but a regular apple tree. I’m still not sure what sort of apples they are, but my neighbour (who is decidedly better at identifying prairie fruit than I am) declared them great to eat in pies and crisps.

My husband and I decided we’d leave them alone to get nice and ripe and then potentially make apple wine from our crop. I’ve been researching recipes and it’s not hard at all! You just need a lot of patience and a lot of apples.You can read more on the boozy brilliance of apple wine here.

10 Creative Ways to Use Your Apples – by Christine T

Tired of the same old apple recipe? Looking for unique ways to use your apples? Try some of these fantastic ideas!


  • Apple-flavoured BBQ sauce



      Spice up your meat with the sweet and tart taste of apples. One of my favorite recipes can be found here:



  • Autumn Table Decor/Centerpiece

Dress up your table for fall and feature a variety of apples for your guests. Check out Real Simple for some great photos: http://simplystated.realsimple.com/2009/02/27/fresh-apple-par/



  • Tangy Apple Salsa

Add to a burger, on the side with meat, or enjoy with pita chips. Try this quick an easy recipe by Rachael Ray: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/appetizer-starter-recipes/green-apple-salsa



Next Pick & Preserve Workshop – Apple Butter on September 9th!

This is your second chance to make apple butter!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our first apple butter workshop has been rescheduled. This means all you Fruit Sharers have a second chance to attend, make some apple product and take it home with you!

Here are the new details:

Topic: Apple Butter and Freezing Apples
When: September 9th, 2013
Where: St. Mary’s Rd United Church (613 St Mary’s Rd)
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: $15

Please email Joanna at fruitshareworkshops@gmail.com to register.

How Do I Find a Pick?

Lately we’ve been receiving queries from people wondering how to find a pick in their area. Applesauce for the freezer is a wonderful thing!

So here is how to do it.

  1. Click on the tab that says “Volunteer Pickers”.
  2. Follow the instructions there to register.
  3. Read the email you will receive with a list of available picks.
  4. Follow the instructions to register for a pick. Now that it’s mostly apples, you will undoubtedly find one.
  5. Show up at the appointed time and pick yourself some apples!
  6. Drop some off at a charity to make your heart feel even better.

Have fun and thanks for helping rescue backyard fruit! That is what Fruit Share is all about.

Our First Pick and Preserve Workshop Was A Success!

Our first pick and preserve workshop was a great success!

With five participants in attendance, our facilitator, Camille, led us through the process of making crab apple jelly, fruit leather and apple chips.

Along with hands-on experience, Camille provided us with some practical knowledge about canning and preserving fruit and showed us useful resources for learning more.

Participants were very engaged and interactive throughout. At the end of the workshop each participant took home six jars of crab apple jelly and a container full of fruit leather. All this for the small price of $15 and knowing that your participation helps keep Fruit Share going!

Our next workshop will be on August 23rd at Glenwood Community Centre (27 Overton St) from 11-2pm.

Fruit Share Expanding to… Dauphin?

fresh appleGaetene is a resident of Dauphin, MB and has written a great piece that will be published in a number of local newspapers this week. She is looking in to the idea of starting a Fruit Share in Dauphin and the surrounding Parkland area. Way to go Gaetene!

Dauphin “Berry Patch” and Fruit Share Manitoba

A few times this past week, with anticipation and glee, I visited the “Berry Patch” garden in Dauphin. I took the opportunity to harvest a share of cherries, crab apples, delicious red currents and rhubarb. Still to come are the chokecherries, and already past their prime were the Saskatoon berries. Constructed and maintained by the “Dauphin in Bloom” program, this aptly named gem on the west side of the train station highlights some of the diverse, perennial food that grows in the region and offers it to be enjoyed by the residents and visitors of Dauphin alike. 

Preserve Workshops!

Wondering what to do with all those apples and crab apples? Have no fear, the Preserve Workshops are here!

The first one will be Aug 10th from 11-2pm at the Magnus Elison Recreational Centre (430 Langside St). The topics will be crab apple jelly and dehydrated apples. $15 per person and everyone will take product home with them.

The next one will be Friday August 23 from 11-2pm, place TBA. Topic will be Apple butter and freezing apples. Again, $15 per person and everyone will take product home.

Participants can preregister for the workshop by emailing fruitshareworkshops@gmail.com.

Don’t delay, space is limited!!

Apple Curry Soup

You know you have too many apples when you start making apple soup! This recipe, from the Prairie Fruit Cookbook,  is a nice change from all sweet things we often make with apples – what do you know, they’re great in savory dishes as well.
Simple and elegant, this soup makes an impressive first course to any special dinner.
Apple Curry Soup
Apple Curry Soup

1 Tbsp. butter
1 large onion, sliced thinly
4 cups vegetable stock
3 Manitoba apples, cored, peeled, & chopped (Goodland is a nice variety for this recipe, but you can use other varieties as well)
1 tsp. curry powder (or to taste)

3 sprigs of curry plant leaves (optional)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup light cream
salt and pepper to taste


Sauté onion in 1tbsp of butter until soft.

How long can your apples last?

It was October, 2011 when I last picked some sweet apples and I just ate the last fresh apple from this pick at the beginning of August, 2012.

Have I been eating fresh apples from this pick for the entire 10 months? No, but I did save a handful, fifteen to be exact, to keep in my refrigerator crisper just to see how long they would last. My initial intention was to see if I could keep fresh apples in my refrigerator until the new apples were ready to pick next season. Considering the 2012 apple harvest is now well underway, I must say “mission accomplice”!

Apples for Apple Cider from Apple Junction

There’s a saying about making lemonade when you have lemons.  Well, we’ve got apples, so we’re making apple cider!

We have a lot of picking opportunities all around the city.  If you’re not already actively picking apples, Apple Cider is another reason why you might want to get picking this weekend.

Between now and Tuesday, all apples are being picked for the purpose of making apple cider.  Only volunteers helping to pick these apples will get an opportunity to buy some of this delicious, fresh, organic apple cider.

Take a look at how and where it’s made in this post from last year.  Apple Cider 2010

Harvesting superfoods

Fruit is highlighted in Steven Pratt and Kathy Matthews’ bestseller, SuperFoods Rx. In their sequel, SuperFoods HealthStyle, one of their autumn SuperFoods is apples!

winnipeg applesAn apple a day keeps the doctor away is a classic line in our society. But what exactly does it mean?

According to Pratt and Matthews:

  • Apple consumption is associated with reduced risk for diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma and type 2 diabetes.
  • Different apple varieties contain various concentrations and types of polyphenols.
  • Apples with the peel still on contain much more antioxidant capacity than apples without the peel.
  • Quercetin, a flavonoid found in apples, has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The soluble and insoluble fibre in apples helps to reduce cholesterol levels.