It’s National Apple Day, Wednesday, October 21st! From the Big Apple to the sprawling orchards of upstate, New Yorkers have a lot of love for this healthy and delicious fruit. So much so that the apple is the official fruit of New York State.

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.

Keep scrolling for fun facts, activities and crafts to celebrate National Apple Day with your family!


Fun Facts

  • Apples have been the official state fruit of New York since 1976.
  • In 1730, the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family of plants, along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
  • New York’s official state muffin is an apple muffin. Yum!
  • It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
  • New York State 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!

Learn

How Does it Grow: Apples

All Ages
In this video from How Does It Grow, explore how a common fruit — the apple — has been challenging growers since Ancient Greece.

Honeybee | Mister Chris and Friends

Grades Pre K-2
Join Mr. Chris and Friends as we learn through song and dance how Honey Bees turn apple blossoms into apples!

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.

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 this video based on the popular book, The Botany of Desire.


Celebrate

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.

John Bunker’s Apple Pie | PBS Food

All Ages
Enjoy this tasty apple pie recipe from PBS Food and John Bunker. Want to keep your ingredients local? Try out one of the many apple orchards in upstate New York to pick your own apples first!

Apple Picking with Curious George

Grades PreK-2
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.

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.