Celebrate National Apple Month This Fall
October is National Apple Month in the United States. Read more about this annual observance and vote for your favorite apple variety.
U.S. Apple Promotion
These are good reasons to celebrate the month, and here is one more: October is National Apple Month.
The United States Apple Association (USApple) describes National Apple Month as the only nationwide generic apple promotion in the country.
Founded as National Apple Week in 1904, the observance eventually grew into a month-long celebration. In 1996, USApple extended the promotion to three months. Today, Americans celebrate National Apple Month from September 1 to November 30.
National Apple Month has a three-fold purpose: (1) to increase apple industry sales, (2) to encourage the use of apples and apple products, and (3) to promote awareness of the health benefits of apples.
USApple strives to accomplish these objectives with annual retail contests and awards. Through store display competitions, supermarkets and military commissaries vie for cash prizes and the coveted "Apple Merchandiser of the Year" award.
Are you ready to celebrate National Apple Month this fall? Keep reading to learn more about this annual observance and vote for your favorite apple.
Apples and Your Health
Everyone has heard, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." This 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. Modern research has linked apple nutrients to numerous health benefits.
This has renewed consumer interest in apples, often called a superfood or "miracle fruit." Celebrate National Apple Month this fall, and celebrate your health.
Eating the flesh of apples may keep the doctor at bay, but the best benefits come from the apple's skin. So don't peel your apples. The phytonutrients present in the flesh and skin provide the antioxidant, anti-cancer properties that apples are famous for.
Apple nutrients are linked to a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, cholesterol, asthma, and other chronic conditions. They also regulate blood sugar levels, which is good news for diabetics. Apples may even play a role in age-related problems like bone loss, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurological conditions.
U.S. Apple Varieties
As you can see, apples and apple products are very beneficial for a healthy diet. If you don’t like apples, maybe you haven't found the right one.
Nearly 7,500 American apple producers grow more than 100 commercial varieties. Numerous "heirloom" varieties are grown in backyards or for niche markets.
Commercial apple production occurs in 32 states. Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Oregon, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia are the top ten producers.
Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, McIntosh, Rome, Empire, Braeburn, and Idared are America's ten favorite varieties. The newer Honeycrisp and Zestar varieties are growing in popularity despite their smaller production levels.
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- USApple Staff. (n.d.) "National Apple Month." U.S. Apple Association. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
The information presented in this article is not intended as health or medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional.
© 2011 Annette R. Smith
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