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How do we perceive the taste of apples? This is influenced by a number of factors: our expectations, mood or attitude. People perceive stimuli in various ways. The manner in which we perceive taste or smell depends on our previous experiences and our genetic traits. One’s attitude to fruit is affected by the sex and age of the consumer, the culture one comes from and one’s habits. One thing is sure, apples are eaten all over the world and everywhere are very popular.
In the world over 70,000 types of apple tree are grown. With such a large selection of varieties, everyone can find an interesting way to use them.
In the kitchen:
For eating fresh, the best are sweet and sour apples. For baking cake and as an addition to meat, apples of a clearly acidic aftertaste are irreplaceable. Apples are used to make various preserves and processed foods: juice, compote, purée, dried, vinegar, cider and tea with dried apple peel.
Some varieties of apple can be stored without any problem. One only needs to ensure them appropriate conditions: it’s best to keep them in shallow, wooden cases with the stalk facing down, store in a cool, ventilated room, and from time to time check that the fruit are not rotting. In this manner apples can be stored even for a few months.
Average-size apples are great as a snack for school or on a trip. They’re not damaged in transport and one can easily eat them without getting dirty.
Ground apple seeds, after mixing with olive oil, are used in preparing homemade peeling. Rich in fruit acids, apple juice and pulp can be used for care of the face and body. They can also be used for washing the face or as a mask brightening and peeling the skin.
Apple vinegar is an irreplaceable agent for environmentally-friendly removal of sediment deposits, cleaning all home appliances, bathroom taps and ceramics.
Blooming apple trees make an excellent decorative accent in the home garden and an interesting colour accent thanks to the possibility of grafting trees of various-coloured varieties. Additionally it is possible to form the shape of apple trees, which creates an interesting decorative effect, especially in the leafless period.