Greetings to all of you! This fall has been a very busy time of year in our office. Lots of events, meetings and trainings going on. I have just returned from attending our national conference a couple of weeks ago and was able to gain some resources and program ideas to share with our county here and my co-workers around the state. Harvesting is now underway and farmers are busy getting crops in out of the fields. So be on the lookout for tractors and slow moving vehicles. It has been very dry lately, but thanks to some showers we got lots of rain over the weekend. This time I would like to share with you some facts about apples for National Apple Month in October.
Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the United States. Thirty-six states grow apples commercially. October is National Apple Month, the only national, generic apple promotion in the United States. Originally founded in 1904 as National Apple Week, it was expanded to the entire month of October. Apples come in all shades of red, green and yellow. Apple varieties range in size from a little bigger than a cherry, to as large as a grapefruit. Check out the following information on apple facts and how to eat them in safe and delicious ways.
Eating apples in safe and delicious ways: Apple varieties and uses. There are about 2,500 varieties grown in the US. Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji and Granny Smith are typically available year round. Apples are great as a snack or cut up in a fresh salad. Many varieties are great for making cooked products. Apples used in baking include Braeburn, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and Honey Gold. Apples used in pies include Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Jonagold, Jonathan, and Granny Smith.