Americans have a new favorite apple

There are more than 2,500 types of apples grown the United States every year, but only one apple gets to be the apple of our eye. For more than a half century, Red Delicious have been the darling of the apple world. But when it comes to apples, love can go sour. Gala are now the most popular and most grown apples in America, followed (in order) by Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Honeycrisp, according to the U.S. Apple Association. “The rise in production of newer varieties of apples aimed at the fresh consumption domestic market has caused demand for Red Delicious to decline,” Mark Seetin, the association’s director of regulatory and industry affairs, said in a statement. “However, Red Delicious is important in the export market, where it makes up roughly half of our apple exports.” Red Delicious has been America’s go-to fruit for decades. Originated in the 1870s,…

Triple berry kale walnut salad celebrates summer

If I can give two pieces of advice for salads, I would first tell you to always include some fresh fruit. Blueberries, mandarin oranges, strawberries — honestly, just about any fruit works. It’s a juicy pop of unexpected flavor that goes really well with the texture of leafy greens. Fruits and veggies are good friends like that. My second piece of advice is to always toast your walnuts. Okay, maybe not every single salad requires it, but most gain something. You’ll never be disappointed. Toasting improves the texture, so the nuts stay crispier, longer in the middle of all that lettuce and dressing. And this little trick doesn’t cost anything. Just buy plain old walnuts and throw them in the toaster oven (or oven) for 10 minutes on 350ºF, and you have just seriously upgraded to restaurant quality. No oil needed for roasting. Pine nuts will be done around 5 minutes.…