Once found only at local orchards, roadside stands or farmers’ markets, apple cider is now widely available year-round, making it a great drink to warm up to in the winter, or cool off with over crushed ice in the summer.
Cider is made by crushing a blend of apple varieties into a pomace from which the juice is pressed. Tiny apple solids floating in the juice turn color when exposed to air, giving cider that gorgeous caramel color and opaque look. Try apple cider in this month’s featured recipe, Cider-Baked Chicken and Sausage.
A 4-ounce glass of 100 percent apple juice, naturally sweetened with no added sugar, is considered a serving of fruit, and is a great way to reach the USDA’s recommended 5-13 servings of fruits and veggies per day. Check out this month’s Slice of Life for more information on the health benefits of apples and apple products.
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