National Apple Month

October is National Apple Month. The celebration began in 1904 as National Apple Week, and now is celebrated during the entire month.

Apples have been cultivated for food a long time. Some say it was the Romans who first began it, others that the apple’s origins were rooted in Southwestern Asia, just south of the Caucasus Mountains between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. But whether it was, they have been around for a long time.

At least since Medieval times, apples have been known for their health properties, hence the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” In case you are interested, the original old English saying went like this: “Ate an apfel avore gwain to bed Makes the doctor beg his bread.”

Of course, apples are used in any number of recipes. “As American as apple pie,” is a familiar saying and comes from the fact that the Pilgrims brought both apple seeds and their recipes with them when they came to the new world.

Apples come in all shades of red, green, and yellow. There are 2500 varieties of apples grown in the U. S., only about a hundred are grown commercially. Everybody has their favorites. My favorite when I was growing up was Macintosh, but they are not commercially grown in the Pacific Northwest, where most prefer red or green Delicious. My current favorite is Honey Crisp, but I settle for Jonagold because the Honey Crisp are twice as expensive as the other brands. And I cook with Granny Smith. As a diabetic, I also do a lot of substituting of applesauce for sugar in recipes.

So let us celebrate apples during their special month!


Quotes about apples

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.–J. K. Rowling

When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie.–Vera Nazarian

Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.–Henry David Thoreau

It’s unsettling to meet people who don’t eat apples.–Aimee Bender

Get rid of the idea that everyone has to like you! Even if you were the most delicious apple on earth, get real, some people prefer bananas!–Richard Spinos

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.–Bill Meyer

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.–Henry David Thoreau

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.–Robert H. Schuller

Why not upset the apple cart? If you don’t, the apples will rot anyway.–Frank A. Clark

The flowers of the apple are perhaps the most beautiful of any tree’s, so copious and so delicious to both sight and scent.–Henry David Thoreau

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.–Carl Sagan

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.–Bernard M. Baruch

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.–Martin Luther

Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.–Jane Austen

Almost all wild apples are handsome. They cannot be too gnarly and crabbed and rusty to look at. The gnarliest will have some redeeming traits even to the eye.–Henry David Thoreau

Ever since Eve started it all by offering Adam the apple, woman’s punishment has been to supply a man with food then suffer the consequences when it disagrees with him.–Helen Rowland

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