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!
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!
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 Georgereinforces 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.