Apples are the most popular fruit in the United States all year long, but especially during peak season from August to November. Throughout the country, farmers grow more than 100 varieties and two-thirds of those apples are sold in the US, too. Apples are packed with essential nutrients and make our daily lives more delicious, so it makes sense we’d love them!
But with fresh produce being the majority of food that goes to waste, we know too many apples have gone into the trash and contributed to climate change. So instead of tossing your extra apples, consider trying out these core recipes from a few Afreshies who try to keep their food waste low, too!
“While I’m generally a fan of apple pies, I’ve recently been converted to a cobbler given how much easier it is to make. I’d substitute apples for berries in the Thomas Keller AdHoc cobbler recipe then add more cinnamon and a bit more sugar directly onto the apples to make an Apple Pie Cobbler!” - Edmund W., Vice President of Engineering
“When I have fresh food I know I won’t be able to eat before it goes bad, I take them to a local community fridge, food bank, or (when it’s cool outside) Little Free Pantry to put them in for other families to have.” - Michelle M., Sr. Content Marketer
“A single apple can become a giant bowl of healthful, sweet apple “chips” to munch on. Love to do this with Honeycrisp!” - Austin K., Infrastructure Software Engineer
Here’s the super simple recipe:
- Slice the apple into very thin pieces using a nicely sharp knife
- Sprinkle cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on top
Across the US, about 40 percent of all food gets wasted. Households and grocery stores combined are responsible for nearly 25 million tons of that. Too many apples are going to waste every day. And even before one gets to the landfill each apple contributes to climate change along its journey through growing, transporting and storing the food.
At Afresh, we’re on a mission to eliminate food waste and make fresh food accessible to all. It’s up to all of us--businesses and individuals alike-- to reduce our impact on the environment. So next time you’re about to toss your fruit into the trash, consider how you could use it, share it, or compost it.