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Apple Juice

All the apple juice lovers can certainly be in favor of the famous author-naturalist Henry David Thoreau's statement- "It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man." Finding its strong impact everywhere, be it the facts or stories- apple appears to rule the health world. The nutritional benefits of this "virtuous" juice are perfect for the individuals observing a healthful dietary regimen. Juices that contain less than 100% apple juice are labeled as "juice beverages", "juice cocktails" or "juice drinks."

There are two types of apple juice concentrates-- clear apple juice concentrate and cloudy apple juice concentrate. Pectin and starch are removed during the production process to produce clear apple juice concentrate. Cloudy apple juice concentrate's appearance arises as a result of evenly-distributed small pulp suspensions in the juice concentrate.

 

Origin
Driving its way ahead of the temperate zones and reaching to perfection in the cooler regions, apple is the fruit of a long descent. The Crab-tree or Wild Apple (Pyrus malus), is native to Britain and is the wild ancestor of all the cultivated varieties of apple trees. Even in the Old Saxon manuscripts, there are numerous mentions of apples and cider. The fruit is believed to have originated in the Caucasus, a mountainous area between what is now the Black and Caspian Seas.

The Lady apple, a variety still grown today, is believed to be one of the oldest varieties on record.

By the late 1980s, apple juice had become a major and stable proportion of the fresh juice beverage category in the United States. During 1990, West Germany, Argentina, Austria, Italy, Spain, Hungary and Chile were the like the US, the major producers of apple juice.

 
 
Production
Addressed as one of the most popular fruits in the world, apple is cultivated in around 7,500 different varieties that vary in shape, color, texture, firmness, crispness, acidity, juiciness, sweetness, nutritional value, and harvesting period. The "forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge" is commercially grown in the cooler countries like Russia, China, Germany, England, France, the Northern United States and the extreme northern regions of India.

Apple juice concentrate is produced by evaporating fresh apple juice that is extracted from fresh apples. Fresh apple juice has a concentration of around 11 to 13 brix. Evaporating the fresh juice reduces packaging volume and shipping costs. The high concentration also helps reduce spoilage of the product.


 

Several Juicy Benefits
Apple juice is rich in pectin (a type of soluble fiber) which can:

  • Remove toxic metals such as lead, mercury, and aluminum from the body.
  • Bind with radioactive residues and remove them from the body.
  • Improve the health of the intestines.
  • Help reduce high cholesterol.

Apple juice (containing malic and tartaric acids) can help to protect the lungs from the damage caused by smoking.

  • It has a high mineral content (potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, plus smaller amounts of iron, manganese, copper, and zinc) that is great for healthy skin, fingernails, and hair.
  • The juice is a good source of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and folate, plus smaller amounts of Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2, B3, biotin and Vitamin E.
  • Its rich source of phytonutrients makes it a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine agent.
  • Apple juice proves to really beneficial for baby boomers and senior citizens, adding to their diet and boosting the brain function similar to medication.
  • Children who drink plenty of apple juice may be less likely to develop symptoms of asthma.
  • For the elderly generation, drinking fruit juices should begin with apples, especially if you are suffering from arthritis and rheumatism.
  • When given with honey, apple juice cures Anemia, Gout, Skin diseases, Sprue, Dysentery, Diabetes, Digestive disorders, Obesity, Disease of tooth, Cold & asthma, and Stress.

Apple Juice Blends
Carrying a significant amount of vitamins A and C, fresh apple juice can be mixed with other fruits and vegetables to make your own great tasting juices. This will also provide the combos of great tasting nutrients carried in other fruits and vegetables. Some of them are:
  • Apple-Carrot-Celery Juice
  • Apple-Celery-Nettles-Lemon Juice
  • Apple-Nettles Juice
  • Apple-Spinach-Broccoli Juice
  • Apple-Spinach Juice
  • Celery-Apple Juice
  • Apple-Kiwi-Strawberry Juice
  • Apple-Cranberry Juice
  • Apple-Raspberry Juice
  • Apple-Cherry Juice
  • Apple-Passion Mango Juice
  • Apple-Strawberry-Banana Juice
  • Sour Apple Juice Cocktail (mix of Cherry, Peach, Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Wildberry Sour Apple Juice)

Popular Cocktail Blends

  • Apricot Lady
  • Atlantic
  • Brandy Elite
  • Cranberry Tini
  • Dutch Courage
  • Grants Lemon Zest
  • Ignorance is Bliss
  • Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Summer Rain
  • Russian Spring
  • Limestone Breeze
  • Apple Martini (UK version)
  • Mayflower Martini
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Summer Breeze
  • Ginger Apple Brandy
  • Happy Apple Cocktail.
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