It’s worth playing with old apple varieties to enhance recipes with amazing flavors. Sweet, spicy, nutty… the diversity is almost endless and I’m sure that there’s good fortune within your reach, too.
Apples are growing almost everywhere around the world, at least in regions with winter seasons. Like two broad ribbons apple trees enclosed the globe above and below the equator for thousands of years. First, they migrated with humans, later they were transported on railroads, by ship and plane.
There are many reasons why today there are only about 10 of worldwide 20.000 varieties available in stores. Also for the fact, that we import apples even in times when regional fruits are in season or still, can be stored. I think that’s a pity.
Old apple varieties from farmers around the corner
About 150 years ago people decided, which apple varieties should be preserved. They should be crisp, juicy and sweet.
From varieties that can’t be stored well, he is producing excellent juices and wine, that is quite popular beyond the region. For everybody living in or visiting Frankfurt, his orchard is also a popular and particularly splendid destination.
Diversity to flavor an old, naturally sweet recipe
Old apple varieties and old recipes – that’s a perfect match. I filled this special recipe’s dough with the most different varieties and always changed its flavor – always extremely delicate.
I found this recipe in a cookbook, published more than 100 years ago. It’s since then family owned and I proudly protect it and now share it.
This is recipe Nr. 19 and its simple title could be translated to “Strudel of yeast dough – in other ways” – with apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Simply because I like the small ones, I decided to make little swirls. Therefore I am presenting today a trendsetter from Berlin, written down in 1895:
Apple Cinnamon Rolls!
Who until now thought about cinnamon rolls as a sugar and fat overloaded treat: Relax. This old recipe is naturally sweetened and made with only a minimum amount of both ingredients. In addition, the yeast dough is egg-free and if you prepare it with plant-based milk and butter it’s even vegan. Because they are double filled, with apple puree and tiny little apple chunks, these apple cinnamon rolls are incredibly juicy and a carefree treat.
More than just good taste
Old apple varieties enhance the flavor of this and many other recipes. But that’s not the only reason why they should be preserved and therefore why you should look for them wherever you live. The most substantial reasons for me to do so are:
- Many old apple varieties are suitable for people who suffer from allergies.
- Many old apple varieties contain more vitamin-C than highly cultivated varieties.
- They are less prone, farmers don’t have to treat them with pesticides.
- They grow in natural orchards and are at the same time a natural habitat for all kind of animals.
- Many old varieties are endangered and this is bad for the balance of our eco-system.
Sustainable shopping and a mindful gift
Throughout the year apples are in season but not always where you live. But compared to most other fruits you can store many varieties, even old ones for quite a long time. For me, apples are autumn and winter fruits and I always try to buy them locally and during the season. This year it may be an advantage as one cold day in April destroyed 80 percent of this year’s harvest.
With Christmas around the corner and thinking about presents that are mindful, I like the idea of giving away an apple tree sponsorship.
Where I live, this is possible and there are many many farmers around the world who offer sponsorships, too. You may want to have a look.
But for now, enjoy this delicious recipe.
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