Elizabeth Bennett doesn’t believe in the concept of a bad apple. The local food anthropologist recently launched Fruitcycle, a snack line made using unwanted or excess apples from D.C.-area orchards.

“I buy them at a discount,” Bennett says. “It’s a beneficial arrangement, because if there were apples left over, they’d have to give them away.” Bennett’s cinnamon-dusted crisps are available at select grocers (thefruitcycle.com).

She picks produce by hand (she claims to have plucked 330 pounds of apples in about two hours recently) and prepares them in small batches. In addition to cutting down on waste, she says she’s encouraging healthy snacking.

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