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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.

October is National Apple Month in the U.S.
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October is National Apple Month in the U.S.
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U.S. Apple Promotion

What comes to mind when you think of October? Halloween and trick-or-treaters? Fall carnivals and harvest festivals? Oktoberfest and German oom-pah bands? Monster movies?

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.

Apple products have many health benefits.
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Apple products have many health benefits.
Source: North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture

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.

Your Turn

What is your favorite apple? Leave a comment below and join the conversation. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.

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Medical Disclaimer

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 Last updated on October 10, 2013

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Nicole S 2 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 2 years ago from San Antonio, Texas 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 2 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 2 years ago from San Antonio, Texas 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 23 months ago from San Antonio, Texas 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 23 months ago from San Antonio, TX

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 23 months ago from San Antonio, Texas 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 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Level 4 Commenter

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

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Annette R. Smith 23 months ago from San Antonio, Texas 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 22 months ago from San Antonio, Texas 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 22 months 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 22 months ago from San Antonio, Texas 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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