National Apple Day is a celebration of the delicious fruit that is beloved by so many! October 21 marks the day dedicated to all of the many varieties of apples. From sweet to tart, there’s something for everyone!
Apples have been around for millions of years, first appearing in the wild with a sour taste. Over time, people found ways to sweeten the fruits, which attracted wild animals and spread the fruit across Europe. In the 17th century, apples were being cultivated all over Europe and some believe that it was the Romans who first cultivated them. The National Apple Day was founded in the UK by Common Ground, a charity that works to raise awareness and appreciation of the fruits. Nowadays, there are around 10 different types of apples, so there’s plenty to choose from!
- Apples float in water because they are 25% air, and air has a lower density than water.
- Apple seeds contain a tiny fraction of potassium cyanide, a deadly poison. However, it would take eating a lot of apple seeds to have any effect.
- If an apple quickly darkens when cut, then it is free of any chemical additives.
- China produces around 50% of the world’s apples.
- Most of the apple’s vitamins are in the peel, so it’s best not to peel it off.
- In 2010, a new discovery was made that allowed apples to be grown much faster.
- Apples are rich in health benefits and are often used in medicine.
How to take part
Celebrate National Apple Day by experimenting with different recipes! Make a pie, caramelize some apples, bake them in the oven or make some jam. You can even challenge your friends to make the most delicious dessert, surprise your loved ones, and post your creations on social media.
When is National Apple Day celebrated in 2023?
National Apple Day is observed on October 21 each year.