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POSTED: September 22, 2013 9:30 p.m.
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Apples are a welcome addition to most diets and, with improvements in transportation, they've become a year-round staple.

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When I was growing up, the change of season from summer to fall meant many things. The air would start to turn chilly, the vibrant fall foliage would make an appearance, and apples were in abundant supply.
Empire, Rome, Cortland, honeycrisp and McIntosh are just a few favorites that are ripe for the picking at this time of year. Since apples are in season in autumn, they typically are cheaper, making them a healthy and budget-friendly snack.
Fresh and juicy apples are fabulous all by themselves, but their versatility makes them perfect for an endless array of recipes.
The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” in many ways, rings true. Apples are high in soluble fiber, which helps fight cholesterol and eases digestive issues. This heart-healthy snack also is high in flavonols and antioxidants.
Although the days in Coastal Georgia still are as hot and humid as ever, it is still a great time to enjoy fall apples. Despite the temperatures, apples always get me in an autumn mood.
Naturally, fall desserts are a special favorite of mine. My family always sought out new and interesting recipes that incorporated apples. My recipe for honey-pecan apple crisp is part family favorite and part Georgia favorite. My alterations keep things on the lighter side without reducing the flavor.


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