Fall fruit, such as apples, pumpkins, and grapes, are not only delicious, but also contain several important nutrients that can help to keep you and your family happy and healthy. Be sure to follow a few basic guidelines while preparing these fruit snacks in order to achieve optimal results.
Dehydrated Apple Slices
Dehydrated apple slices are not only one of the tastiest fall fruits, but also one of the healthiest you can find. Dehydrated apple slices make a good choice for a number of reasons. First, apples contain high amounts of dietary fiber, which is essential in the treatment and prevention of obesity, diabetes, and even cardiovascular disease. In addition, apples contain a number of vitamins and minerals that are important for good health and optimal growth. If you have a fruit dehydrator, simply follow the instruction on the machine in order to achieve optimal results with the apples. If, however, you do not have one of these appliances, you can still dehydrate apples with relative ease. Start by washing the apples and using a sharp knife to cut slices through the entire body of the apple. Try to get the slices as thin as possible. Place each of the apple slices on a clean plate and put in direct sunlight. Allow the apples to remain there for at least one full day, after which you can flip the apples over and expose the other side. Let the apples dry one more day in order to completely dehydrate them.
Pumpkins are another traditional fall fruit, and their seeds can be used to create a tasty treat. Like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds contain high amounts of unsaturated fat, which has been found to be effective in the treatment and prevention of a number of dangerous conditions, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even some types of cancer. For optimal results, choose pumpkins that are completely ripe. Carefully cut the top off the pumpkins, and use a large spoon to remove the seeds and other innards from the pumpkin. Separate the pumpkin seeds, and place them on a large baking sheet. Bake the seeds for at 30 minutes at a low temperature (such as 300 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to achieve optimal results.
Finally, frozen grapes make a great alternative to ice cream or other frozen treats. While you can use any type of grape for this snack, green grapes will provide you with the best results. Choose grapes that are relatively large and firm. Wash the grapes and allow them to dry thoroughly. Remove the grapes from the stem and place on a large baking sheet. Put the baking sheet into the freezer and allow the grapes to freeze overnight. The next day, carefully remove the grapes from the baking sheet and place into an airtight container. Enjoy!