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National Apple Day

| Burlington County Library

Gala, McIntosh, Fuji, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp and Granny Smith are the names of just a few varieties of apples. To a botanist, an apple is a fruit because it develops from a flower and tastes sweet. The culinary world agrees, although that viewpoint may still be debatable. And did you know that even though there are many types of trees throughout the world, the apple tree grows in more places than any other type of fruit tree? Apples are delicious and nutritious, and since they are just so good for you, you may have heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Is it any wonder this exceptionally healthy treat with many research-backed benefits is celebrated?

National Apple Day is Oct. 21 and it’s celebrated by apple lovers throughout the country. Held in 1990, the first-ever National Apple Day was founded by the organization Common Ground, which wanted to raise awareness of the importance of orchards within our landscapes and culture. It’s now an annual autumn event and the simple celebration of the apple has grown to include festivals, both small and large, held in cities and villages all over the United States. These events often feature tasty apple treats, such as baked apple pies, apple sauce, apple cider, apple fritters, caramel apples, and apple chips.

So, on Oct. 21 remember to show the apple some love. Eat an apple and don’t forget that apples are versatile; you can turn them into a delicious apple dessert or a savory dish. Or plant an apple tree. Then be sure to share your celebrations and pictures on social media using the hashtag #AppleDay.

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