October is National Apple Month. It was originally a one week celebration, National Apple Week created by the U.S. Apple Association in 1904. In 1996, they expanded to National Apple Month. It is easy to see why when you read on and find out why apples are amazing!
I was surprised to find out that October, and not September, was National Apple Month. If you live in Nebraska, you probably know about the AppleJack Festival celebrated in Nebraska City for 50 years now that happens on the third weekend in September. I was curious about just how many other apple festivals are celebrated in the United States and when? I won’t have room to list them all, so be sure to check out the website!
Illinois: Apple Fest in Long Grove takes place in September in downtown Long Grove.
Indiana: Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. takes place in September in Fort Wayne at the Johnny Appleseed Park/Archer Park.
Missouri: Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival held the last full weekend of October in Jefferson County.
Pennsylvania: National Apple Harvest Festival, held during the first two full weekends in October at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.
South Dakota: Apple Festival in September at Country Apple Orchard, located 5 miles south of Sioux Falls, SD.
Wisconsin: Bayfield Apple Festival in October located on the shores of Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Touted by USA TODAY as one of the 10 Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the nations.
If you can’t make it to one of these festivals, check out these amazing facts about apples.
Did you know?
- More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crab apple is native to North America.
- Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.
- Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
- Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.
- Apples harvested from an average tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- The top apple producers around the world are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy. Apples account for 50 percent of international deciduous fruit tree production.
- A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
- It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
If I don’t have you convinced already that apples are amazing, take a look at the Health Benefits of an apple:
National Apple Month: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/apple-month-october/
Apple Festivals 2018: http://pickyourown.org/applefestivals.php
Health Benefits of an Apple: https://amnachaudhry.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/health-benefits-of-apple/