Enjoy Hand-Picked Activities, Recipes & More on National Apple Day!

From the Big Apple to the sprawling orchards of upstate, New Yorkers have a lot of love for the delicious and nutritious apple. So much so that it has been the official fruit of New York State since 1976!

You’ve probably heard of the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and for good reason. Apples are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol. Plus, they make excellent pies.

Did you know that New York grows more apple varieties than any other state? We produce an average of 25 million bushels of apples annually ⎯ about one-fifth of the total United States production. Which is a good thing since it takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider!

On October 21st, take a bite out of National Apple Day with the fascinating videos, family-friendly recipes, and hands-on activities below.

All About Them Apples!

Apples | Valley’s Gold

Grades PreK-K
Learn all about apples and why they are one of the most popular fruits!

How do We Stop Apples from Browning? | Let’s Learn

Grades K-2
In this video from Let’s Learn, Cassondra Easterling explores oxidation by testing different ways to stop apples from browning. She experiments with materials such as salt water and lemon juice to see which will prevent an apple from turning brown. 

Johnny Appleseed | Know Ohio

Grades 3-8
Learn about legendary Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman, and how he traveled from Massachusetts to the Midwest planting apple trees as he went.

How Does it Grow: Apples

Grades 6-12
One of the world’s most ubiquitous fruits might seem like a simple thing to grow. But inside the common apple is a secret — and it’s been challenging apple growers since Ancient Greece. Learn more with this video from How Does It Grow.

Sweetness | The Botany of Desire

Grades 6-12
Consider the evolution of human beings’ innate desire for sweetness and the evolution of sweetness in apples with these videos based on the popular book, The Botany of Desire.

Activities, Recipes & More!

Apple Orchards on the Adirondack Coast

All Ages
The Adirondack Coast is one of the highest producing apple areas in the United States with many orchards open throughout the year offering seasonal fun for the whole family. Explore all these orchards have to offer with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau.

Baked Apples for a Seasonal Dessert| PBS Food

All Ages
This baked apples recipe with cinnamon from PBS Food makes a great side dish or dessert for a delicious Fall meal.

Apple Picking with Curious George

Grades PreK-K
This game from Curious George reinforces reading, writing, and representing numbers. Numbered apples are floating in the water on their way to the cider press. Help Curious George and Jumpy grab the right ones to fill the gaps in the apple number line.

Find the Letter on the Apple

Grades PreK-1
Combine literacy and motor skills in a fun activity where your child plays find the letter.

Autumn Math with Apples and Pumpkins

Grades 1-3
Use the sights and smells of autumn to teach basic math concepts like counting, sorting and graphing with this fun activity.