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An Abundance of Apples

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Apples (Malus species), forbidden food of Eve and Snow White belong to the Rosaceae (Rose) Family). Apples are rich in flavonoids, beta-carotene and vitamins, B C and the minerals boron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and silicon. The tarter an apple is, the higher its Vitamin C content.

They are high in pectin, a soluble fiber and reduce colon inflammation, improving both diarrhea and constipation. Eating raw apples stimulate saliva flow, promote good digestion, a healthy liver, clean the teeth and improves circulation to gum tissue.

November celebrates the feast of Pomona, Roman goddess of Orchards. Romans exchanged apples then and hence the tradition of bobbing for apples arose.

Consumed since ancient times, apples have been considered a gift of perpetual youth to gods and goddesses, like Venus, (aka) Aphrodite, Demeter, and Eve symbolizing love, peace and health. When one cuts an apple in half horizontally, one sees a five-pointed star. Avalon is regarded in Celtic Mythology as the Isle of Apples where the weather is always perfect. In fairy tales, eating an apple together represented the blessings of children. As part of Yuletide rituals, apples were hung from trees to symbolize the continuing fertility of the earth.

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com. Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at rainbeaumars.com.

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5:18PM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

8:02PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

Thanks for sharing. I like apple espeacially thrir sweet smell.

6:04AM PST on Nov 15, 2010

love apples, thanks for sharing.

9:05PM PST on Nov 13, 2010

i like some apples but rarely eat them.

11:25AM PST on Nov 13, 2010

If we were going 2 die from apple peelings, we would have died long ago from something in our food.....its no secret the USA has very low standards when it comes 2 food inspection!

2:43AM PST on Nov 13, 2010

I watched the video "An Abundance of Apples" and would like you to consider tying your hair back next time you cook. Not only is it more hygienic but surely it would allow you to concentrate more fully on your cooking instead of your appearance.

9:35PM PST on Nov 11, 2010

Actually the Bible does not identify the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden as an apple. This is a commonly held misconception.

9:08PM PST on Nov 11, 2010

I love apples and I hate it that people coat them with wax. Uggghh. Thanks for the article

7:47PM PST on Nov 11, 2010

There's nothing more delicious than apple pie made from those tart little green apples that grow on trees in people's yards in the south. I don't know what they're called. My mom and everybody else just called them "cooking apples"....

1:44PM PST on Nov 11, 2010

Fuji apples are the best!

If you don't buy organic apples, be sure to peel them because the pesticide residue will NOT wash off... due to the wax coating that makes them shiny and less likely to be bruised and rot before you buy them. It seals in the pesticide and no amount of washing or scrubbing will remove it all sufficiently.

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