Are you ready for International Eat an Apple Day on Saturday, September 19th? Think about your favorite way to eat an apple. Do you like them sliced and dipped? The peel left on or taken off? Do you like your apples juiced or in a pie? However you like them, autumn is apple season in New Jersey and you don’t have to go too far to find apple orchards close to home. Even though New Jersey has over 2,400 acres of apple orchards, and produces 20 million pounds of apples each year, our state is ranked 8th in apple production in the United States.
Did you know that in 2018 the Red Delicious apple lost its honored place as the number one apple preferred by Americans? Red Delicious had held first place for over fifty years. Can you guess which apple took first place? It was the Gala apple, which originated in New Zealand in the 1930s. The current top five apple rankings are Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Honeycrisp.
When you eat an apple you help your body get the vitamins and nutrients it needs to be healthy. Apples help your heart and brain and build a strong immune system. Be ready to eat your favorite apple on September 19th!
Topic: Garden Goodies
Age / Level: Primary, Elementary