October 21 – Anniversary of the First Apple Day

Posted on October 21, 2015

Apple Day is a celebration of apples, the apple harvest, and apple orchards. It is celebrated in the United Kingdom all through the month of October.

We in Southern California tend to go bonkers for apples in October as well. Some of us go to U-Pick orchards, eat sky-high apple pies, and do apple crafts. Others just revel in the variety of fresh apples hitting the grocery shelves.

I have a feeling that every community where apples are grown celebrates them during harvest season, but I'd love to see more actually designate an "Apple Day," like the U.K.!

Here's what goes on during Apple Day: village fairs, cooking demonstrations, apple carving, juicing and cider making, games such as apple-peeling contests, gardening advice and apple identification, and of course sales of apples, apple crafts, and apple-based foods.


Here are some recipes, science experiments, and crafts using apples, all captured on a Pinterest board I created. Enjoy! 

There are bajillions of delicious apple-dessert recipes available, of course. Here is someone else's Pinterest board just for apple dessert recipes. 

Check out this gorgeous apple dessert (recipe here):

Did you know...?

  • Apples are a member of the rose family. So are pears, peaches, apricots, plums, almonds, and cherries.
  • The science of growing apples is called pomology.
  • Americans eat more apples, per capita, than any other fruit. (Per capita means per person.)
  • There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide! And there are about 100 varieties of apples grown in the U.S. for commercial sale. So don't stick with just one kind...live a little! Dare to try a few kinds! 
Here are some of my favorites: Honey Crisp, Pippin, Fuji, Winesap, Braeburn, Pink Lady, and Arkansas Black.

  • Apples float because they are less dense than water. About 25% of an apple's volume is air.
  • The world's record for the heaviest apple is a Hokuto apple from Japan – a bit more than four pounds (1,800 grams).
  • The world's record for the longest peel was 172 feet, 4 inches!!!!
  • Speaking of apple peels...Ursolic acid is found in apple peel, and it is associated with a lot of health benefits. So, if you have to peel apples for a recipe, try to still eat the peels!

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