Apple pie. Apple sauce. Apple crisp. National Apple Day celebrates the apple in all its various forms and reminds us that apples are shiny, tasty, and healthy. Did you know there are more varieties of apples than any other fruit? On October 21, grab a bag and celebrate all things apple with apple lovers throughout the world.
National Apple Day - History
Newly discovered scientific facts made the apple breeding process considerably faster and more accurate.
Keeping them fresh
Apple growers in the United States began using controlled atmosphere facilities that maintain the freshness of apples until they are brought to market.
The British Pomological Association began testing new varieties of apples to determine suitability for English farmers.
National Apple Day Activities
1. Eat one
Haven't had an apple in a while? Celebrate National Apple Day by heading to the store and picking up a fresh bag.
2. Host an event
Love apples? Get your friends and family together to celebrate all things apple. Serve some homemade apple pie. Spike the punch with apple schnapps!
3. Pick some apples
That is, if you can find a friendly neighborhood apple tree.
5 Apple Types You Need To Try
1. The Granny Smith
Named after Maria Ann Smith, this green apple originated in Australia.
2. The Honeycrisp
A red apple developed by the Horticultural Research Center at the University of Minnesota.
3. The Fuji
A hybrid of two American varieties of apples, it was developed by researchers in Fujisaki, Japan.
4. The Cameo
Discovered by chance in an orchard in Oregon in 1987.
5. The Ginger Gold
Introduced to market in the 1980s, it is one the 15 most popular apples in the world.
Why We Love National Apple Day
A. Eating apples is healthy
Apples are filled with antioxidants. Eating them can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. They can also help you lose weight!
B. Apples are flexible
You can bake an apple pie, make an apple crisp, smother it with caramel, throw a sliced apple on your cereal, or smush one to make apple sauce.
C. Apples have a history
Remember the Garden of Eden? And don't forget Johnny Appleseed, the dean of apples in America.