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Apple Varieties
October 2011

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apple_logoThe month of October denotes fall for most of us and one of the true pleasures of fall is biting into a crisp, juicy apple. So it is not surprising that October is National Apple Month. There are over 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide and your farmers' markets and grocery stores will showcase a wide selection. Apples are grown in every state in the continental United States. Top-producing states include Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia. Below you'll find some fun facts about apples and five of the most popular varieties.


Apple Talk


The word "apple" has been used in dozens of ways in everyday language. Here are a few of the more popular terms heard down through the ages:


Apple cheeks: Cheeks that have a healthy, rosy-red appearance.

Applejack: A potent brandy made from apple cider.

Appleknocker: American slang for an unsophisticated country person; also for a fruit picker.

Apple of discord: A golden apple inscribed with "For the fairest," thrown by Eris, the Greek goddess of discord, among a gathering of the gods. Paris gave this infamous apple to Aphrodite because she offered him the most beautiful woman in the world -- Helen of Troy -- whose abduction by Paris caused the Trojan War.

Apple of (one's) eye: A person who's treasured above others.

Apple-pie bed: One that's been short-sheeted; also called simply "pie bed."

Apple pie order: Neat, ordered and everything in its place.

Apple polisher: One who fawns over someone in hopes of gaining favor or an advantage.

Applesauce: Nonsense.

Bad apple: A person who's dishonest or a malcontent.

Full of applesauce: One who's full of hot air, nonsense or similar rubbish.

Love apple: A name once used for the tomato.

Upset the applecart: To ruin someone's plans.

Wise apple: A smart alec.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away: Good to know if you have an HMO.

(by Sharon Tyler Herbst: Thank You, Johnny Appleseed)


Top 5 Apple Varieties  


1. Gala

gala_appleThis variety originated in New Zealand, a cross between Kidd´s Orange Red and Golden Delicious. The Royal Gala strain was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who deemed it her favorite during a visit to New Zealand. It was brought to the United States in the early 1970s, and is now one of the country´s most popular apples. This crispy, juicy, very sweet apple is ideal for snacking. Galas can vary in color, from cream to red- and yellow-striped. U.S.-grown Galas are harvested beginning in mid-July, and are typically available year-round.    


2. Granny Smith   

granny_smith_appleThis Australian native was discovered in 1868 as a chance seedling by "Granny" Anne Smith of Ryde, New South Wales. One parent might have been a French Crab Apple. Grannys are known for their distinctive green flesh, which sometimes bears a red blush, and their very tart flavor. An all-purpose apple, Grannys work equally well as a snack or in pies and sauce. U.S. Grannys are harvested beginning in August, and are available year-round.  


3. Fuji

fuji_appleOriginally developed in Japan in the late 1930s and named after the famous Mt. Fuji, U.S.-grown Fujis began appearing in markets in the 1980s. Fuji is a cross between Ralls Janet and Red Delicious. This variety´s popularity is skyrocketing, thanks to its sweet flavor and firmness. Fuji apples are bi-colored, typically striped with yellow and red. They are available year round, beginning in September.    


4. Golden Delicious  

golden_delicious_applesIt's the all-purpose apple. Mellow and sweet, Goldens are great for eating out of hand, baking and salads. In salads and other dishes, their flesh stays white longer than other apples. The dry, warm climate of Eastern Washington is perfect for this delicate yellow beauty. They're harvested in September and available all year.  


5. Red Delicious    

red_delicious_applesThis most widely recognized of all U.S. apple varieties originated in Iowa in the 1870s. This sweet, crispy, juicy apple varies in color from striped red to solid midnight red. Western Red Delicious are elongated in shape, with pronounced "feet"; Eastern-grown Delicious are more round. This apple is best eaten fresh or in salads. Red Delicious apples are available year round, starting in September.    





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All the best in food, wine, and travel.


Happy October!


Sally Bernstein




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October Is

National Apple Month, Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month, National Dessert Month, Cookie Month, Eat Country Ham Month,
National Pork Month, National Bake and Decorate Month, National Pizza Month, National Vegetarian Month, National Popcorn Popping Month, Seafood Month, National Caramel Month, National Chili Month, Pasta Month, Pickled Pepper Month, Pretzel Month, Sausage Month, Seafood Month, Spinach Lovers Month, and National Tomato Month.       



October 1: World Vegetarian Day; Homemade Cookies Day
October 2: National Fried Scallops Day
October 3: National Caramel Custard Day
October 4: National Taco Day
October 5: National Apple Betty Day
October 6: National Noodle Day
October 7: National Frappe Day
October 8: National Pierogi Day
October 9: Moldy Cheese Day
October 10: Columbus Day Observed; National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11: National Sausage Day
October 12: Cookbook Launch Day
October 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day
October 14: National Dessert Day; World Egg Day
October 15: National Chicken Cacciatore Day
October 16: World Food Day
October 17: Four Prunes Day
October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 19: National Seafood Bisque Day
October 20: Brandied Fruit Day
October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 22: National Nut Day
October 23: National Mole Day
October 24: National Bologna Day
October 25: World Pasta Day
October 26: National Mincemeat Day
October 27: American Beer Day
October 28: National Chocolate Day 

October 29: National Oatmeal Day 

October 30: National Candy Corn Day 

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