WELCOME TO THE BC AMBROSIA APPLES NEWSLETTER – February 2021
February 2021 – We’re Missing You!
We Miss You!
This is the time of year that we’d usually be reporting about our apple sampling at the myriad of consumer events we attend, such as the BC Home and Garden Show. We truly miss these interactions with the public — from those who tell us that the Ambrosia apple is their favourite, to those who have never tried one! It’s such a pleasure hearing about all the different ways you use Ambrosia apples, and to share recipes and stories with you. We’ve also loved experiencing that first bite and creating converts.
We look forward to everything returning to normal this coming year, and perhaps having a chance to resume our consumer sampling. In the meantime, please stay safe!
February is Heart Month
, a time to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health. According to the Health Canada website, heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults, and is the second leading cause of death in Canada.
Maintaining a healthy heart is a big part of feeling and living well. Many studies have linked the consumption of apples to improved cardiovascular health. There are several ways that eating an Ambrosia apple every day can help your heart health. Firstly, the fibre and pectin in apples has been found to decrease blood cholesterol levels. Secondly, Ambrosia apples contain flavonoids which studies have found may reduce the risk of stroke and lower blood pressure. And finally, the antioxidants found in apples may also lower the risk of heart disease.
Read here for more ways that Ambrosia apples can help with your overall health: CLICK HERE
An Ambrosia Apple A Day Challenge
At the new year, we published a blog about resolutions, and suggested one for an Ambrosia apple a day. Read it here: https://ambrosiaapples.ca/an-apple-a-day/
One of our team members, Patricia, decided to take up the challenge and has been eating an Ambrosia apple every day for the past month or so. She monitors the time, and how she eats her apple every day. “So far, it’s mostly cut up and raw,” she reports, “as a mid-morning or afternoon snack, either by itself or accompanied by either sharp cheddar or some trail mix.” The Ambrosia apple is perfect for this, since it can be cut in the morning, and the low acidity keeps it from browning, so it is just as fresh hours later. “I also found that I love my Ambrosia apple chopped and thrown into breakfast potatoes,” Patricia tells us. “I’ve done this a few times on the weekends. Delicious with bacon and poached eggs!”
We’ll keep you posted on Patricia’s challenge and would love to hear your Ambrosia apple a day stories on our social media channels: #AnAmbrosiaADay.
Winter In The Orchard
Visiting an Ambrosia apple farm during the winter months can be a cold, stark experience but critical work is taking place. Winter is an important time in the orchard and farmers are out there every day getting the trees ready for the growing season to come. We stopped by Bob Thompson’s orchard in Summerland, BC, last winter to see some pruning in action. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/kgZ5M8EmNPg
Social Media Round Up
Our Social Media Roundup continues to be a hit. Here are a few of our favourites:
Remember to use #AmbrosiaApples so we’ll be sure to spot your post.
|Here is what @spencergall had to say on Instagram: “First meal of 2021…..If I don’t count the piece of cake I had after midnight last night. Let 2021 be a healthy year for everyone! Ambrosia apples are the best!”|
|@trattopizzeria posted a mouth-watering video of a gourmet pizza including ingredients such as Parmasean, Fiordilatte, Chili, Garlic Sausage and Ambrosia Apples!!|
|@bellaapple posted a bountiful juicing inspiration photo which included Ambrosia apples!|
|@Christian.4905 posted his Ambrosia apple photo from on top of a snowy mountain!|
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PO Box 1425
Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0 Canada