Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Recipe for Love – The Lady in Pink

Pink lady apples are a branded and licensed name for an apple that comes out of Australia. It was named after a grower by the name of Cripps who crossed a Lady William apple and a Golden delicious apple to combine the best feature of both apples. The apple is crisp and sweet. Pink Lady apples must meet strict specifications in terms of sugar content, firmness, color and environmentally friendly production methods.

A symbol of love, Pink Ladies have been marketed for their distinct color of soft pink with a soft green background making it the symbol of glamour and femininity. Pink ladies receive special advertising during Valentine’s Day.

Pink Ladies grow in both the northern and southern hemisphere making them available all year round. Crisp and sweet, they have a unique flavor that has become a favorite in Europe, as well as, the United States. Only about 10 years old they have gained worldwide recognition.

Because it is a symbol of love, along with marking valentine’s day, it is also promoted as a warm and inviting treat as winter approaches and a light and delicate snack in the midst of summer. Pink Ladies can be eaten as a fruit, added to salads or cooked into a dessert.

Apples have long been a symbol of love. At her wedding to Zeus, Gaia supplied apples to Hera signifying long love and union. Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine, offered apples to woo Aphrodite and win her love. In many cultures the apple has played a role in determining and establishing love.

We’ve all heard that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. That’s because apples are a good source of vitamin C, which aid the immune system and a good source of phenols which reduce cholesterol. Although not a great source of fiber, it is also believed that apples help to reduce tooth decay and kill bacteria. Cornell University researchers suggest that the quercetin found in apples protects brain cells against Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s important to note that most of the health benefits of apples in found in the skin so it is important to eat the whole apple including the skin. Although not the most exotic of fruits apples are widely loved by most people.

Our pink lady with her soft pink color and shaded green background is the color of the heart chakra.  This symbol of the heart makes the Pink Lady romantic, passionate and light hearted; she is therefore, a symbol of love.  
Doctor Lynn

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