Monin Green Apple Syrup
Monin Green Apple Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
The crisp, sweet taste of apples is a flavour that most of us will have enjoyed throughout our lives. As one of the most popular fruits around the world, apples are a year-round favourite featuring in fruit salads and refreshing drinks in the summer as well as steaming pies and comforting strudels in the winter. On their own or as an ingredient, apples have an instantly identifiable sweetness and green apple syrup captures this perfectly. A drizzle of green apple syrup can liven up hot drinks, desserts and even just a cool glass of water.
Apples through the ages
There are many references to apples over thousands of years of human history and it it thought that apple trees might be one of the first fruit trees that humans cultivated. There is evidence that Alexander the Great discovered a source of dwarf apples in Kazakhstan around 300 BCE and for thousands of years, the European and Asian diet has relied on apples as a source of nutrition.
There is evidence that modern-day Turkey was the original home of the apple tree, but their popularity worldwide is down to their universally appealing flavour. The Spanish brought them to the islands of the coast of Chile in the 16th century, then colonists planted trees in North America during the 17th.Indeed, it was Reverend William Blaxton of Boston who made history when he planted the first apple orchard in North America in 1625. European cultivars travelled along the Native American trade routes and were beginning to be grown on farms.
Cultivation is important you cant simply plant a seed from a particularly delicious apple and grow a tree with similar apples on it. Apples are unusual in that the fruit you get from a seed is nothing like the fruit from which the seed came, so cultivating particular varieties requires grafting and cloning to get any consistency.
Many cultures have apples woven into their traditions and the symbolism of apples as being wholesome and healthy may be attributed to an early understanding of the nutritional value of this vitamin-packed fruit. In Norse mythology, the gods are given apples that allow them eternal youth and a basket of golden apples is given as a gift from one god to another that he was trying to romance.
According to the Ancient Greeks, the hero Heracles had to find the tree of life and pick one of its apples in order to appease the goddess Hera, and the biblical tree of knowledge is usually portrayed as an apple tree. There is a long-standing idea that apples are so delicious that they are forbidden fruit
There are strong links between apples and the idea of birth and rebirth which date back as far as Norse mythology but also throughout England where apples are still associated with the bounty of the annual harvest. There are apple festivals all over the country, celebrating everything that is good about these flavoursome fruits with juice pressing, ciders, and tastings.
An apple a day
Apples are so delicious that there are hundreds of recipes which showcase their unique flavour. The sweet crispness of their juice is a welcome addition to a range of dishes, hot drinks and cocktails. This dish is easy enough for everyday dining but delicious enough to hold its own at any dinner party.
Apple Cream Pie
You will need:
5 cooking apples, sliced
1 pre-baked pastry case
225g of sugar
50g of flour
250ml of double cream
Whipped cream dispenser
Whipped cream chargers
2 tsp of cinnamon
150ml of whipping cream
50ml of apple syrup
1. Arrange the apple slices in the pastry case, then whisk the sugar, flour and cream together, pour over the apples and sprinkle with cinnamon
2. Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C, then turn heat down to 190°C and bake for a further 35-40 minutes or until the centre is nearly set then cool on a wire rack
3. To serve, combine the cream and apple syrup in a whipped cream dispenser and shake thoroughly before squeezing a swirl on top of each slice and dusting with a little icing sugar.
This is a sumptuously modern take on the traditional apple pie, and the addition of apple syrup to the whipped cream dispenser adds a touch of decadence to this tasty dish. It can also be used to add delicious apple cream to coffees, cocktails and any dessert that could use a little extra sweetness.