As the old saying goes, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” This statement still proves to be true as doctors and researches continue to find new benefits regarding the consumption of this popular red fruit. Such health advantages include: weight loss, diabetes management, various types of cancer prevention, lowers your cholesterol, bone protection and much more. So if your not one of the over 80% of Americans who buy and eat apples every year, start enjoying them this fall season!
The apple first got its “roots” in Asia, where the Apple Tree’s ancestor, the Alma Tree still exists today. From the very beginning of international trade routes, the apple surely found its way through the European continent. It wasn’t until about 1625 however, that the first apple orchard was discovered near Boston, MA; being the first real sign of apples in North America. Did you know that the apple is the official state fruit for Rhode Island, New York, Washington and West Virginia?
Typically, the majority of the over 7,500 varieties of apples, mature during autumn. That’s why now is the perfect time to get to your local orchard and start picking! Of the numerous types of apples, a few stand out among the rest as they are excellent for many uses. Courtland Apples are sweet with a hint of tartness. Fuji Apples, introduced from Japan, have a reddish pink hue. Golden Delicious Apples are the sweet golden ones of the bunch and the Granny Smith Apples are of course, the green and very tart ones. The more infamous of the apples tend to be the McIntosh and Red Delicious varieties; both with a sweet taste and rich red color. Whichever your preference of apple, a good apple is one that is firm and well colored. Thus an apple with deep color, whether that be red, green or yellow, is ripe and ready to eat!
Apples have had their impact on culture as well. Most notably, in the religious sense as the “forbidden fruit” in the Garden of Eden. In Greek mythology the apple is considered sacred to the goddess Aphrodite, symbolizing the declaration or acceptance of love. All around the world and throughout the past three or four centuries apples have also become a star in the kitchen. Even the ancient Greeks noted, that they ate apples for their helpful aid in digestion. Apple recipes have taken different forms throughout the world, but the basics will always include everything from traditional apple pies to fresh apple juice.
Get inspired by apples at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop with a few of our apple themed products. For a couple of food items, try our Caramel Apple Bread Mix (as seen above) or our new Apple Pie Jelly, made right here in New England. Apples are a fun and easy way to transition your decor in the fall season, especially with our Mariposa Apples Sign, (Mariposa=Butterfly in Spanish) that will give you a welcoming, antique look. Or for a fresh autumn scent in your home, consider the Cinnamon Apple Swag made with naturally preserved apple slices.
“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” -Jane Austen