Celebrate October: It's National Apple Month

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Celebrate National Apple Month with a juicy apple or slice of pie.

When you think about the month of October, what comes to your mind? Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat? Oktoberfest and oom-pah bands? Football games? Monster movies?

How about a slice of homemade apple pie?

There are many reasons to celebrate October in America, and here's a good one: October is National Apple Month. Keep reading to learn more about this annual observance and vote for your favorite apple variety.

National Apple Month

According to the United States Apple Association (USApple), National Apple Month is the only generic apple promotion in the country.

Founded as National Apple Week in 1904, the observance grew into a month-long celebration. In 1996, USApple extended the promotion to three months: September, October, and November.

National Apple Month has three purposes: (1) to increase apple industry sales, (2) to encourage the use of apple products; and (3) to promote apple health benefits.

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USApple uses contests and awards to accomplish these goals. Retailers set up special store displays in their produce sections, and supermarkets and commissaries compete for the "Apple Merchandiser of the Year" award.

Apple Health Benefits

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is a popular folk saying. The modern proverb comes from an old English saying: "Ate an apfel avore gwain to bed, makes the doctor beg his bread."

Since the Middle Ages, people have extolled the health virtues of apples. Today, modern research links apple nutrients to various health benefits.

Eating the flesh of apples may keep the doctor away, but the greatest benefits come from the apple's skin. So don't peel your apples before you eat them.

The nutrients in an apple's flesh and skin provide the antioxidant and anti-cancer properties that apples are famous for.

Apple nutrients are thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks as well as cholesterol and high blood pressure. They may improve asthma and other chronic conditions. Apples may also play a role in age-related problems such as bone loss, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer's disease.

All of this has renewed a consumer interest in apples. This is good news for consumers and the apple industry. Celebrate National Apple Month this fall, and celebrate your health.

American Apple Varieties

As you can see, apples and apple products are beneficial for a healthy diet. If you don’t like apples, maybe you haven't found the right one.

In the United States, about 7,500 commercial apple producers grow more than 100 American apple varieties {affiliate link}. In addition, American gardeners grow numerous heirloom varieties in small orchards and backyards.

Commercial apple production occurs in 32 states. The top producers are located in Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Oregon, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Braeburn, Delicious (Red and Golden), Gala, Granny Smith, Empire, Fuji, Ida Red, McIntosh, and Rome are some of America's favorite varieties. Honeycrisp and Zestar are growing in popularity despite smaller production levels. As you sample different apples, you're sure to find the right one for your taste.

Your Turn

What is YOUR favorite apple variety and why do you like it? Leave your answer in the comments below. And if you liked this post, use those nifty buttons on the left to share it with your social networks. Thank you!

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Nicole S 3 years ago from Minnesota

Honeycrisp is by far our family favorite here. They're sweet and so juicy. Love this hub, wonderful job!

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Hi, Nicole! Thanks for taking time to leave a comment and reveal your favorite apple variety. Honeycrisp is my family's favorite, too!

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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

MMM I really like apples. We went apple picking last year and got bushels. It was a lot of fun, although it was a creative exercise in using all the apples in time!

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Apple picking sounds like so much fun! My family loves apples and autumn -- so we'll have to add that to our list of things to do, come harvest time.

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Celebrate apples all season long! October is National Apple Month, but the annual observance runs from September 1 to November 30. I've added a poll, so please take a moment to vote for your favorite apple.

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jcevans2009 3 years ago from Boise, ID

Yum, this article made my mouth water! Fall is my favorite season, and apples are one of my favorite things about fall. It's not easy to choose one favorite, but I voted for Fuji. Voted up and interesting...sharing, too!

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Thanks, Judith. This hub was fun to create! Fall is my favorite season too, and the Honeycrisp is my favorite apple. I appreciate the votes and shares!

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Patsybell 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Level 2 Commenter

Voted up and useful plus Pinned. I voted for honeycrisp. No surprise. Very informative post.

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Hello, Patsybell. Thank you for reading about National Apple Month. Honeycrisp is a favorite for many of us, it seems. I really appreciate the votes and pin.

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

According to a study published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," eating at least five apples a week may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 20 percent. So grab an apple and celebrate National Apple Month. Here's to your health and mine!

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2patricias 3 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Very interesting.

Many English orchards have "apple day" , with events and displays designed to draw attention to local apples.

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Greetings to the 2patricias! Thank you for your interest in my National Apple Month hub, and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Happy October!

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