When it comes to strengthening the digestive system and the immune, mundane or simple is the best place to start. A staple in the Amish diet, applesauce is served with nearly every meal and it is one of the foods that I frequently recommend for young and old. It is easy to absorb, warms the Stomach and Spleen—meaning it strengthens the digestion- and helps build the immune system.
Don’t hesitate to play with recipe–toss in a handful of raspberries or blackberries for a colorful and bright change. Feel free to leave out the spices, if you want plain applesauce.
Peel apples if desired. I leave the peels on as that is where most of the pectin is found. I peel them if they aren't organic and are shellacked with wax. Core and coarsely chop the apples. And add to large stock pot or crock pot. Add in spices and calvados.
Add in other fruit
Now is the time to toss in other fruit or berries if you desire. This might be a handful of leftover cranberries or the last, lonely peach sitting on the table. Peel, pit or core the fruit if necessary. Apples have a high level of pectin, so they will naturally thicken the sauce while it cooks. The picture is cranberry applesauce.
Cover the pan or crock pot and heat apples over medium heat until very soft, 60-75 minutes, longer if you want it softer. Enjoy the lovely fragrance filling your house. Remove from heat and pull out cinnamon stick. Mash or puree the sauce. I like mine chunky, so I use a potato masher. Add in salt and sweetener if necessary--you gotta taste it to see if the fruit was very sweet or sour.
Healing benefits: Apples are high in fiber, reduce cholesterol , regulate the appetite and improve overall digestion.
Energetis: Cooling, sweet and sour. They enter the Stomach, Spleen, Liver and Gall Bladder. They nourish yin and clear summer heat, promote digestion and aid in the removal of fats. With the warming spices in this recipe it is particularly beneficial for warming cold and strengthening digestive yang (the metabolism).
Diplomate, Asian Bodywork Therapy (Dipl. ABT NCCAOM)
Certified Holistic Nutritionist (CHN)
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I have been practicing and teaching since 1994. I maintain my private therapy practice at Pulse Holistic Health offer Amma Therapy, Holistic Nutrition therapy sessions and classes for the public. In 2016, I started teaching Amma therapy apprentices again. I write regularly and offer classes in continuing education and for the public.