National Apple Day – October 21, 2019

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What is National Apple Day?

National Apple Day falls on October 21st and is a day dedicated entirely to celebrating all things apple: apple pie, apple sauce, apple crisp… The list goes on and on. This holiday reminds us to appreciate the apple in its myriad forms. On October 21st, pick out your favorite variety and celebrate with apple lovers across the world.

National Apple Day Related Holidays

Johnny Appleseed Day


When first hearing about Johnny Appleseed, most people are surprised to discover that this American legend was a real person! It’s true. Far from being simply the stuff of folklore, Appleseed (real name: John Chapman) was an American nurseryman who introduced apple trees across the Midwest. Johnny Appleseed Day on September 26 is celebrated in his honor.

National Apple Pie Day 


Apple pie holds a special place in the landscape of traditional American desserts. The likes of cheesecake, pecan pie, and banana pudding may have a home in the hearts (and stomachs) of American dessert-lovers, but none maintain the cultural importance of this particular delicacy. May 13th gives Americans the chance to indulge in that most special apple-filled treat. 

National Caramel Apple Day 


National Caramel Apple Day is generally overshadowed by Halloween, as they both share the same date. However, caramel apples are still a staple of the Halloween-night diet, and many trick-or-treaters and spooksters may find themselves inadvertently celebrating the holiday with a passion that matches their delight of all things ghoulish.

>> Full List of Holidays in October

History of National Apple Day

Studies have shown that the earliest known wild apple trees cropped up in regions of central Asia anywhere between 10 and 20 million years ago. Though initially their flavor skewed toward sour, apple trees would evolve to produce sweeter fruits. This development would make them a more attractive food for wild animals and thereby assist with their diffusion throughout the continent. The apple would eventually spread to Europe as early as the 17th century BC; some historians believe it was during this time that the Roman populus cultivated and developed the apple into the larger, sweeter, more edible fruits that we are familiar with today. 

Since then, the apple has found its way to the forefront of parts of American consciousness and identity (the iconic story of Johnny Appleseed, the phrase “as American as apple pie,” and the nickname “The Big Apple” all come to mind). In fact, though, the United States plays a small part in the worldwide history of the apple; the only native variety to the country is the crabapple, often dismissed as too bitter to enjoy naturally.

Furthermore, though also observed in America, National Apple Day actually has its roots in Europe. It was created by the U.K.-based charity organization Common Ground on October 21st of 1990 in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of diversity in different communities. Though the initial meaning of the holiday has been somewhat forgotten, apple-lovers everywhere still enthusiastically use the holiday as a chance to rave about their love for the more than 7,500 different varieties of apple grown across the globe!

National Apple Day timeline

2017

How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Worldwide apple production reaches a staggering total of 83,139,326 metric tonnes

2010

Apple breeding

Newly discovered scientific facts made the apple breeding process considerably faster and more accurate.

1960s

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.

1962

Apples in Orbit

Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth; tubes of applesauce serve as part of his interstellar diet.

1854​

The Victorians​

The British Pomological Association began testing new varieties of apples to determine suitability for English farmers.​

Early 19th Century

Johnny’s on His Journey

John Eastman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed) travels throughout the Midwest in an effort to plant numerous apple trees and educate farmers on proper apple crop care

1607

The American Apple Arrives

Colonists arrive at Jamestown with European apple seedlings and begin to plant and harvest apples.

National Apple Day FAQs

What day is National Apple Day?

Apple Day is a holiday which is celebrated on October 21st and is a celebration of all things concerning apples and orchards.

When did National Apple Day start?

The first-ever National Apple Day was on October 21st of 1990. The day was founded by the organization Common Ground. It has since been celebrated every year thereafter on October 21st.

What is the most popular kind of apple?

The gala apple is now America’s most-grown apple, followed by the Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp, according to the US Apple Association.

Which country produces the most apples?

According to the USDA, China is the topmost producer of apple with producing 44 million tonnes produced annually. China, the USA and Poland are the top three countries in the production of apples.

National Apple Day Activities

  1. Eat an Apple

    The clear and obvious choice. Make today the day to keep the doctor away and enjoy a nice, crisp, juicy apple.

  2. Plant an Apple Tree

    Do some preparation for next year’s National Apple Day and plant an apple tree in your yard! Your future self will thank you.

  3. Share the Apple Love

    Not everyone may be aware of National Apple Day; help spread the seeds of awareness by sharing apples with friends, family, strangers… Everyone loves a good apple!

​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

  1. 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!

  2. Apples are Versatile

    You can bake apples into a pie, use it in a turnover, smother it with caramel, puree it into applesauce… The possibilities are limitless!

  3. Apples Have a Huge Family Tree

    The apple has the greatest amount of variety among all other species of fruit. Daybreak Fuji, Candy Crisp, Sansa, Zestar, Shamrock… These are but a few fantastic names among literally thousands of apple variants!

National Apple Day dates
YearDateDay
2019October 21Monday
2020October 21Wednesday
2021October 21Thursday
2022October 21Friday
2023October 21Saturday