The National Day of Calendar tells me there are over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% of the world’s production comes from the USA. I have had the good fortune to live in two areas of the states that are known for apple growing; New York state and Washington state. There is nothing like driving past the orchards when the blossoms are out in the spring or when the trees are heavy with fruit. The smell is wonderful and the taste buds react instinctively. 

I do think limiting this day to just red apples is a disservice to the apple industry. I have to remember these days usually come about because of some sort of advertising or product promotion but I’m feeling sorry for the golden delicious (yellow) or the granny smith (green) for getting left out. Now I’m wondering how many apple names I have never heard of since there are so many varieties and what colors they might be.

We have all heard the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There is some truth to that. An apple provides Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and fiber. Plus it only has a trace of sodium and no fat. It truly is a great snack food because it is so healthy. Be happy to know that, just don’t tell the kids. I do suggest having a napkin handy when you eat one because that first crunchy bite usually results in a bit of juice running down the chin.

Locally we have two new types of apples, the Jazz and the Pizzazz. They are a combination of a delicious and something else and they are big, really big. Last year was the first time we saw them at our public market and after the first try that is all we want. They almost make a meal instead of a snack. My husband takes one in his lunch bag most days. Just getting one out of the fridge makes my mouth water.

I hope you can get fresh, juicy apples where you live. I’ll bet you pick the red one to eat first, just because it’s prettier.