It’s Apple-Picking Time!

Apples are an all-American success story-each ...                              Image via WikipediaSeptember marks the beginning of the wonderfully misnamed National Apple Month sponsored by the U.S. Apple Association. From its humble beginnings in 1904, when it was simple National Apple Week, it evolved in 1996 to a three-month extravaganza, covering September, October and November. The idea is to increase knowledge about various apple varieties and their uses, which, of course, benefits the industry through increased sales. In other words, eat more apples and support the apple farmers.

Now we’ve all heard the old saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. We now know there is wisdom there, as fresh fruits and vegetables are thought to ward off various forms of cancer, and the latest research indicates that apples are strong allies in the fight against breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Some fun ways to celebrate National Apple Month include going to a pick-your–own orchard for some fresh apples, eating apples, cooking with apples, apple crafts (like apple-head dolls or apple prints), decorate with apples (a bowl of highly polished apples can be a wonderful fall centerpiece), preserve them (can, freeze, or dry), put them in a smoothie, or even use them as a beauty treatment. That’s right. According to the Washington Post,  you can combine a grated apple and some honey and smooth it on your face for 10 minutes and then rinse. Don’t forget that you can also keep a cake moist by adding a slice of apple to the container. The same trick works for softening hardened brown sugar.

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Here are some more fun ideas for you:

Educational materials from the U.S. Apple Association
10 Things to Do With Apples

Apple recipes at The Pioneer Woman

Apple varieties at All About Apples

Lots of info about apples, including great pictures

Where to find places to pick apples

Buy an Apple computer, iPod, or iPhone  (Okay, this has nothing to do with National Apple Month)

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