Updated on October 1, 2017
October is a good time to celebrate apples. Why? It’s National Apple Month, the only generic apple promotion in the country. This annual observance promotes American apples through education and events. So grab a juicy apple and join the fun!
What is National Apple Month?
National Apple Month is a promotion by the United States Apple Association (USApple). This nonprofit association is “the voice of the U.S. apple industry.” Its membership includes growers, packers, shippers, processors, marketers, retailers, educators, and others.
USApple represents the industry on national matters pertaining to American apples and apple products. It also educates the public through print, social media, and promotions like National Apple Month.
The October celebration began as National Apple Week in 1904. Over time, it grew to a month-long observance. In 1996, USApple extended the promotion to three months: September, October, and November. It has three goals:
- to increase the sale of apples;
- to encourage the use of apples; and
- to promote the health benefits of apples.
To meet these goals, USApple publishes educational material on its website. It sponsors annual store display contests throughout the United States. It also selects an “Apple Merchandiser of the Year.”
American Apple Varieties
“More than 100 [commercial] apple varieties are grown in the United States,” said USApple. Yet, you may be surprised to learn that only 15 varieties make up 90 percent of the total production.
- Red Delicious
- Granny Smith
- Golden Delicious
- Paula Red
- Cripps Pink (Pink Lady)
Some gardeners grow heirloom apples in small orchards and backyards – often for the niche market. Apples of North America describes “exceptional varieties for gardeners, growers, and cooks.”
If you’re interested in heirloom apples, check out the book. It won the National Horticultural Society (NHS) Book Award in 2014.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
An apple a day keeps the doctor away – right? Some sources credit the thought to Benjamin Franklin, one of our Founding Fathers.
But the popular saying actually comes from an old English proverb of Welsh origin. “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread,” said the first English version.
Apples are not a cure-all for what ails you. But apple nutrients do have many health benefits. For example, they may reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.
Apple nutrients have a positive effect on blood sugar and cholesterol levels. They may also help age-related problems like bone or vision loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
All good reasons to celebrate National Apple Month.
And Now, Over to You
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