No matter what variety apple-enthusiasts prefer, there’s one sentiment they can agree on: there’s nothing quite like biting into a crisp apple. The crunch practically reverberates through the air, and the loud “snap” is enough to make goose bumps appear.
Whether thinly sliced and tucked inside a sandwich or baked until softened and sweetened for a tarte tatin, apples are a culinary staple all over the world. It’s easy to see why they’ve remained popular for thousands of years. They’re no one-trick ingredient — they range in colour from green, red, russet to yellow, they carry sweet and sour notes, and some are super snappy and crisp while others have a softer bite.
With 7,500 known cultivars of apples, it can be difficult to choose just one to sample or cook. While Red Delicious apples are numero uno in America, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Bramley, Gala, Pacific Rose and Pink Lady apples find their way to our markets and plates across the country.
Funnily enough, the old saying “an apple a day keeps a doctor away” is actually somewhat true. While eating an apple doesn’t help avoid a yearly checkup, apples do offer plenty of nutritional benefits. They’re excellent sources of fibre, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins, phytonutrients and antioxidants, all of which contribute to a healthy body and mind.
Although apples were associated with sin in Biblical times, they’re nothing but "golden" delicious in Maude’s October menu. You'll likely see this fall favourite paired to local ingredients including celeriac, cabbage, parsnip, duck, pork, blood sausage, mackerel, herbs with a hint of anise (think chervil and tarragon), and spices synonymous with fall – cloves, nutmeg, all spice and cinnamon.
Reservations for our October menu open on Tuesday 1st September 2015.