When you think of Oktoberfest offerings, you may commonly think of beer and bratwurst. Did you know that apples have their role to play in the festivities as well?
Apples are commonly used in various dishes and beverages during Oktoberfest, particularly in southern Germany, where apples are abundant and widely grown. Here are a few ways in which apples are integrated into Oktoberfest-related traditions and culinary delights:
- Apple Strudel (Apfelstrudel): Apple Strudel is a classic German pastry often enjoyed during Oktoberfest. It is a thin, flaky pastry filled with spiced apples, raisins, cinnamon, and sugar. This delicious dessert is a staple during the festival and a favourite among locals and visitors.
- Apple Cider (Apfelwein): While beer is the primary beverage associated with Oktoberfest, apple cider, known as “Apfelwein” in German, is also enjoyed during the festivities. Apfelwein is a fermented apple beverage, similar to traditional cider, and is a popular choice for those seeking an alternative to beer.
- Apples in Savory Dishes: Apples are sometimes incorporated into savoury dishes. For example, they can add sweetness and flavour to dishes like sauerkraut or meat-based dishes, enhancing the overall taste and balance of flavours.
- Decorations and Themes: Apples may also be used for decorative purposes or themes related to the fall harvest, as apples are a common fruit in autumn. Festive decorations, centrepieces, or displays might include apples to create a seasonal ambiance.
While beer may remain the central focus of Oktoberfest celebrations, incorporating apples into the culinary offerings and decorations is a way to embrace traditional German flavours and celebrate the autumn harvest, enhancing the overall festive experience.
Did you know that on the Ambrosia apple website, you can find many recipes for Ambrosia apples, including sweet and savoury dishes? Visit https://ambrosiaapples.ca/recipes/ to learn more .