It’s finally Fall! The weather is cooler. The air smells like fallen leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. You can finally wear your favorite sweaters and scarves again. The best part of all? It’s apple cider season! Apples are one of the most versatile fruits in existence. They’re healthy, delicious, and if you eat one a day it will keep the doctor away. They’re so wonderful that the U.K.-based charity organization called Common Ground started National Apple Day in 1990 to celebrate all things apple.
Fun Facts About Apples:
- The first apple trees were said to have been found in central Asian anywhere from 10 to 20 million years ago.
- Originally sour, they evolved into sweeter fruits.
- China is the top producer of apples. The U.S.A. and Poland are also top producers.
- Gala apples are the most popular, followed by red delicious, granny smith, fuji, and honeycrisp.
- The apple came to America in 1607.
- “Johnny Appleseed” was actually named John Eastman. In the early 19th century, he traveled through the Midwest to plant apple trees, as well as to educate farmers about how to care for them.
- Although it’s considered an American staple, the apple pie was first invented in 1381 in England.
- Washington State is the largest producer of apples in the United States.
- Black Diamond apples are the rarest type and are actually a dark hue of purple in color.
- The wilderness of Koolan in Maui is the largest apple orchard in the world.
Awesome Ways to Celebrate Apple Day:
- Plant an apple tree in your backyard.
- Visit an apple orchard.
- Bake an apple pie.
- Try a new variety of apple that you’ve never tried before.
- Drink apple cider. (My personal favorite is Big B’s)
- Make homemade applesauce.
- Make an apple scented candle.
- Try bobbing for apples.
- Make caramel apples.
- Make an apple costume to wear on Halloween.
Enjoy your day!