National Apple Day in The Villages FL

National Apple Day

National Apple Day in The Villages FL

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, try a new kind of apple (like the super crispy, bright yellow, non-browning Opal® apples), and celebrate with apple lovers across the world.

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 ACTIVITIES

  • Eat an Apple
    The clear and obvious choice. Make today the day to keep the doctor away and enjoy a nice, crisp, juicy apple. Maybe even try a completely new kind of apple — an Opal® apple!
  • 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.
  • 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!

​6 APPLE TYPES YOU NEED TO TRY

  1. The Opal® Apple
    Grown exclusively in the United States by FirstFruits Farms in Washington, Opal® apple is a cross between a Topaz apple and a Golden Delicious apple boasting a sweet and tart flavor with a significant crunch — plus, it’s one of the few naturally non-browning and non-GMO apples!
  2. The Granny Smith​
    Named after Maria Ann Smith, this green apple originated in Australia.
  3. ​The Honeycrisp
    A red apple developed by the Horticultural Research Center at the University of Minnesota.​
  4. ​The Fuji
    A hybrid of two American varieties of apples, it was developed by researchers in Fujisaki, Japan.​
  5. The Cameo
    Discovered by chance in an orchard in Oregon in 1987.​
  6. ​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

  • ​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!​
  • ​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!​
  • ​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!​

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