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Royal Energy Bars (Posted On: Monday, May 24, 2010)

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At a recent culinary forum in Thornbury, I got my first taste of the Red Prince Apple.  Wow, from it’s colour to the texture and taste, this is now my very favourite apple and the best part of all, it’s local.

My sample kit, a small reusable bag included two gorgeous apples and a recipe card for Royal Energy Bars.
 

Immediately inspired to do a step by step recipe article, I called my friend and trainer, Sarah Heiple who is a raw foodie to the max to see if she was on board for this fun project.  One of the first steps in the receipe is to chop and dehydrate the apples.  This can be done in an oven but we used Sarah’s food dehydrator.  We also doubled the recipe so we could both have a batch of these fabulous bars.

Click here for the recipe and method. While we were waiting for the apples to dehydrate, I decided to do some research on The Red Prince Apple.  I learned some pretty interesting facts about this new variety of apple, for example The Red Prince Apple is grown exclusively in Thornbury.  The information below is taken right from The Red Prince Website.

History

The Red Prince apple was discovered in 1994 in an orchard located on the German/Holland border in a small town called Weert. The discovery happened by the owners when one of their apple trees had produced the most beautiful red apples among a sea of green apples. At the time, they believed it was a gift from Mother Nature and later discovered that it had been developed through the natural crossing of two varieties: the Jonathan and the Golden Delicious.

In 2001, Irma and Marius Botden, co-owners of Global Fruit, planted their first Red Prince trees in Ontario. Nine years later, as exclusive growers in Canada, they are proud to introduce the Red Prince apple to Ontarians.

Flavour characteristics and usages

The Red Prince is a premium apple, locally grown in Thornbury, Ontario, available during the winter months. Recognized for its antioxidant-rich red skin, the Red Prince has inherited the sweetness and juiciness of the Golden Delicious and the crispness and tanginess of the Jonathan.

The Red Prince is ideal for fresh eating, in salads or in baking and pairs particularly well with sharp cheddars and blue cheeses.

While cruising around the Red Prince apple website, I also came across the 30 Day Civility Challenge.  I encourage you to check it out and see if you can do it in your household.  All simple stuff that is all too often forgotten.

Red Prince Apples are available at Foodland in Thornbury and at Sobeys in Collingwood.
 

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