October's Harvest of the Month: Gala Apples

LT Cafes will feature Texas-grown Gala apples on the menu throughout the month of October. The apples are featured as part of the LTISD Food and Nutrition Services (FANS) Harvest of the Month program, which highlights a locally-grown fruit or veggie. Gala apples are very versatile and can be eaten plain, made into sauce or jelly, or can be included in salads, pies, and desserts.

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Featured Cafe Gala Apple Recipes:

- Harvest Apple Crisp (breakfast)

- Cinnamon Apple Yogurt Parfait

Gala Apple Health Benefits:

  • Significant source of antioxidants, which may help lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

  • Good source of vitamin C and fiber.

  • Gala apples contain pectin, a natural fiber which has been shown to reduced cholesterol and help prevent heart disease.

Storage:

  • Apples stored at general refrigeration temperatures below 41 degrees Fahrenheit will have an approximate shelf life of up to 20 days.

  • Apples will pick up odors if stored with certain foods, especially onions and potatoes.

  • Apples produce ethylene gas, which can cause sensitive produce items to ripen quickly. Store apples away from bananas, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, leafy greens, and sweet potatoes. (Source: Texas Department of Agriculture)

September’s Harvest of the Month: Watermelon