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Apples are one of the most popular fruit in America and we all know why! Whether you choose to bake with them, eat them raw with peanut butter, or make apple sauce with them, they are downright delicious!
With apples being so yummy and cheap, it’s no wonder the average person eats 65 apples a year!
In honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday (September 26th) and National Apple Month (October), fall is the perfect time to hold your own apple tasting.
Start by going to the grocery store and purchasing every different variation of apples they had on hand. We ended up with 7 different types:
and one “Mystery Flavor” that wasn’t labeled.
First, discuss why apples are important to our economy. Even though the majority of our apples are imported from China, America still grows a huge amount of apples. Our largest apple producers are Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California. In all, 36 of the 50 states produce apples commercially.
Next point out the health benefits of apples. A medium sized apple contains only 80 calories! Quercetin is found only in the apple skin. The entire apple is full of antioxidants and fiber, making it a healthy snack. And most importantly, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. 😉
Another great idea to learn about apples is to do a simple experiment. Do you think apples will float or sink? Apples actually float because they are more dense than water. Apples density is made up of about 25% air!
You can remember plenty of fun facts about apples using the number 5. See how many of these fun “five” facts your kids’ already knew:
“Apple” has 5 letters.
Apple blossoms grow in clusters of 5.
Apple blossoms have 5 petals.
Red Delicious apples have 5 bumps on the base.
Apples have 5 seed cavities, which allow all 10 seeds to grow.
Make a list of all the foods you can create by using apples. Some of our favorites include apple dumplings, fried apples, homemade applesauce and apple muffins.
Begin cutting your apple into slices. Allow each child to taste one slice of each variation. You might want to use paper plates and write the names on the plates so you can remember which apple is which.
Let the kids each rate the apples on a 1-10 scale. Make sure they consider the taste, tartness, texture and color appeal when rating the apple.
When you’ve finished tasting all the apples, let each child vote on their favorite.
The results are in and our favorites are:
If you have any leftover apples, a fun and easy way to get rid of them is to make homemade applesauce.
Simply peel the apples and chop into small pieces. Add them to your slow cooker or Crock Pot and add a little bit of water. Next stir in cinnamon and sugar. (Your measurements will vary depending on how many apples you use.) Mix well, making sure each apple piece is evenly coated. Cook on low for 4 hours. This is a simple snack that not only keeps your house smelling heavenly but keeps your kids begging for more!
We love apples and are so thankful that Johnny Appleseed followed his passion and spread the great fruit all over this country!
What is YOUR favorite apple recipe?