Pink Ladies, Granny Smith, Gala and Honeycrisp – they’re all from the same fruit family. Some sweet, some bitter, some soft and some tart! The day of the Apple is upon us all, let the slicing, cutting and crunching commence!
Apple Day is an annual celebration of the commonly known fruit which hangs from our trees in our backyards and sits in our fruit bowls in our homes. The celebration is usually held on October 21st but some events can last the whole month! The first ever Apple Day was almost 30 years ago back in 1990!
Why Have a Day Dedicated To Apples?
Well, it’s not just because we can put them in a pie, have applesauce with our Sunday dinners, or eat them as a healthy snack. But apples were once in danger of becoming extinct, along with the ground they grow on! Common Ground, the creators of Apple Day, wanted to increase awareness around apples and the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture around such fruits. Thus, raising awareness of traceability of fruit and veg.
Apple Day is now a definite day in the calendar for most towns and villages, with thousands celebrating by selling, tasting and cooking with apples. It has been one impetus behind the developing network of farmers’ markets and is helping people everywhere to discover they are not alone in valuing the links between food and the land, between natural resource use and the impact we have on nature.