Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
Apples Pack a Nutritious Crunch
Each month, the Colorado Department of Agri-
culture features a different commodity to high-
light the variety and quality of products grown,
raised or processed in the state. This month the
recipe features apples in the Colorado Apple
Available Now... Apples
Colorado¡¯s high altitude orchards feature warm
days with intense sunlight and cool nights with
mountain fresh air. In 2012 Colorado produced
17 million pounds of apples valued at nearly $5
million. Select apples that have a fresh smell
and are firm, shiny and smooth-skinned. Apples
are sodium free, fat free and are a good source
of fiber. Look for fresh Colorado apples at your
local grocery store, farmers¡¯ market or on
menus at restaurants across the state.
Colorado Apple Pancakes
(Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., Executive Chef,
Douglas County School District and 5280 Culi-
1/2 stick Salted Butter
4 Apples, cored, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
1 cup Whole Milk
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup Apple Cider
2 tbsp. Vanilla Paste
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Baking Powder, double acting
Heat a saut¨¦ pan, add butter and melt, then
add the shredded apple, sugar and cinnamon and
saut¨¦ until the apples are soft and start to cara-
melize. Remove from heat and allow to cool to
For the Batter:
Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder into
a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, milk and cider
and mix well. Add the cooled apple mixture and
vanilla paste and mix well using a rubber spatula.
Heat your skillet, apply cooking spray then pour
batter and cook.
Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com for a complete
list of recipes.
Food & Garden
17 Million Pounds Of Apples
8. Honey contains no cholesterol.
Absolutely a fact - honey doesn¡¯t contain any
cholesterol at all.
9. Honey helps to burn fat in your body while you
This is a fact that very few people know. Research
has shown that honey is one of the bests foods
for burning body fat when you sleep. So, if you
are trying to lose weight, have a little honey be-
fore you go to sleep.
10. Honey contains a very small amount of fat.
This is another common myth people have about
honey. The fact is honey is totally fat free.
Sweet & Healthy
duce that is grown sustainably and with or-
ganic principles. The sustainably produced
and managed vegetables, herbs, flowering
ornamentals and plants promote beneficial
garden ecosystem functions and inform
the public about the importance of healthy
ingredients in Aramark¡¯s food operations.
The food produced is used in on-site food
operations for fans to enjoy in Coors Field
restaurants such as the Mountain Ranch
Bar and Grille Club menu and build-your-
own salad station.
This year¡¯s lineup included edible flowers
and assorted vegetables, including toma-
toes, peppers, beets, cabbage, melon,
peas, squash, eggplant, kale, carrots,
beans, corn and chives. Herbs like parsley,
thyme, basil, cilantro, dill, oregano and
sage rounded out the palette of flavors
available to Aramark¡¯s various chefs. Three
different plantings occurred throughout the
season, as did rolling harvests.
Sustainable features of the GaRden include
raised beds built from beetle-kill pinewood,
organic soil and irrigation drip lines made
from recycled materials. This season, more
than 1,000 pounds of high-quality worm
castings were donated by Rockies fan Jay
Williams, owner of the Rocky Mountain
Worm Company in Colorado Springs.
Coors Field was the first Major League
Baseball venue to have an on-site garden,
in 2013. Three other MLB stadiums created
Honey, Myth or Fact - What Do You Know?
Whether you are a big fan of honey or are just
curious about it, the list below will help you un-
derstand some very important information about
it. Some of the myths and facts just might end up
1. Honey is sweeter than table sugar.
This is definitely a fact - honey is sweeter com-
pared to table sugar. Because of this, most people
use less of it, especially for their coffee or tea.
2. You should never use a metal spoon to scoop it.
This is a myth. Even though honey is acidic, it
only takes a few seconds to scoop out honey with
a metal spoon so the spoon will not get corroded
3. It¡¯s best to mix it in hot water
No, this is another myth, too. When you add super
hot water to your honey this will reduce its flavor
and aroma. It can also destroy some of the natu-
ral enzymes in honey that are healthy for you.
4. Honey¡¯s quality is not affected by crystalliza-
This is another important fact about honey. Crys-
tallization doesn¡¯t affect the nutritional or quality
values of it. So don¡¯t throw honey away when it
5. It will never spoil, even when it is stored in an
This certainly is a myth because honey will absorb
moisture from the air if it is left uncovered and
this will cause fermentation to occur. So be sure
to store your honey properly so you can enjoy it¡¯s
6. You can buy honey in cream, liquid, and pow-
Just one more myth. Honey does come in cream
and liquid forms, but it is not available in powder
form. Some people think that cactus honey pow-
der comes from bees, but it doesn¡¯t. Actually, it is
produced from the juice of the Agave cactus plant
7. It is a healthier choice compared to artificial
This is definitely a fact - a very important one.
Honey contains healthy nutrients like vitamins and
minerals while artificial sugars do not.
Colorado State University institute doing
final harvest of the season at Coors Field¡¯s
The Institute for the Built Environment at Colo-
rado State University conducted its end-of-season
harvest at Coors Field¡¯s sustainable garden on
Tuesday, Sept 16.
The Institute for the Built Environment is com-
pleting its second year of managing ¡°The GaR-
den.¡± IBE has worked with the Colorado Rockies
and Aramark, the Rockies¡¯ exclusive food and
beverage partner, to develop the 700-square-foot
garden in an effort to provide healthy, sustainably
produced herbs and vegetables on site.
The GaRden is on display for the 500,000 fans
who pass through Gate A of the stadium each
season. For the second year running, it has pro-
vided on-site vendors with fresh, hyper-local pro-