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Eat a Red Apple Day 2023: History, FAQs, Dates, Activities, and Facts About Candy Apples

Since 6500 B.C., humans have been enjoying this sweet delicious, self-contained snack.

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Eat a Red Apple Day 2023 History, FAQs, Dates, Activities, and Facts About Candy Apples

Eat a Red Apple Day 2023: On Eat a Red Apple Day, December 1, we’re honoring our teachers’ favorite desk decor and our doctor’s best time-honored heart-healthy snack, all in one crisp bite. Since 6500 B.C., humans have been enjoying this sweet delicious, self-contained snack. Each autumn, when this scrumptious fruit is harvested, it fills our local grocery stores and community festivals with glee. Whether we’re bobbing for them, baking them into a pie, or stashing one into our bag for a pick-me-up later on, we just can’t get enough of the red apple.

Eat a Red Apple Day History

America’s love affair with apples began in the early 19th century with the travels of Johnny Appleseed, who planted trees in states trailing from the East Coast to the Midwest. Yet these apples weren’t the sort we’re celebrating now — they were small and tart, used primarily for brewing cider.

In 1875, however, the gleaming, sweet, crunchy red fruit we know and love today was discovered in small town Peru, Iowa on a farm owned by Jesse Hiatt when a chance seedling took root. He carted the flamboyant apple to a fruit show in Missouri after his first true harvest and farmers from around the world were taken by it, wanting to plant trees on their own land. And thus, the poster child for America’s apples was born, aptly named the Red Delicious Apple.

By the time the Great Depression rolled around, the red apple was ubiquitous all over the nation. In the face of famine, small communities began to band together to share food and other resources. Since the apple’s peak harvest season is fall, children often brought them to their teachers at the start of the school year. To this day, the red apple symbolizes knowledge and education.

The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales, seems to have crossed the Atlantic in the 1860s to arrive here in America. Given the high antioxidant benefits of the friendly fruit, doctors in the 2010s confirmed what had previously been just an old adage to be true.

Eat a Red Apple Day falls on December 1, toward the end of the harvest season. While its origins are unknown, we certainly promote having at least one on this day each year, if only to pay rightful tribute to its cultural (and medical) importance.

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Eat a Red Apple Day 2023 FAQs

Can eating an apple really help pull my loose tooth?

The old domestic myth that a crisp apple can help remove a dangling incisor actually does have roots in the truth. The thick and firm meat of an apple’s fruit actually does provide some oppositional force on the teeth as you dig in. Plus, the apple’s sweet trickling juices offer a wonderful distraction from any tinges of pain.

Should I keep my apples in the refrigerator?

In general, apples should be kept at room temperature in a dry place with adequate airflow. The refrigerator tends to change the texture of the fruit from crisp and smooth to grainy and watery.

Is the skin of an apple edible?

Absolutely! In fact, health experts discourage apple peeling, since the peel holds so many nutrients. The fruit’s brilliant vermilion covering also aids in retaining juices, which makes this snack a particularly hydrating selection.

Eat a Red Apple Day 2023 Activities

Visit a farmers’ market!

While the local produce department is fantastic in a pinch, the Red Delicious apple did originate in a small, locally owned and operated farm. Pay tribute to its origins by purchasing your celebratory stock from a farmer in your own area. The apples are likely to be organic and even taste a little sweeter!

Bake a pie!

Nothing says American comfort food quite like a doughy, cinnamony apple pie. Gather the family in the kitchen, preheat the oven, and get to peeling! In about an hour, you’ll be in warm, gooey, red apple heaven.

Give one as a gift!

Farmers and planters have a long tradition of generously sharing red apples. You can give someone the gift of health and a sweet treat with a clean, glimmering red apple.

5 Facts about Candy Apples That Will Stick In Your Mind

They have many names!

Outside of the U.S., in places like Canada and the U.K., candy apples are often called ‘toffee apples.’

Function came first

Originally, Arabian households would coat their fruits in candy as a preservative method to keep them fresh.

Autumn is their prime time

The sweet coating tends to melt in warmer temperatures, so we see candy apples most often in the fall.

Red is really their color

When candy factory Kolb first used a candy apple in their window display, they unknowingly presented a new hue that would grow famous in the world of fashion as representing flirty, racy moods — we call it Candy Apple Red!

They put the treat in trick or treat

Trick-or-treaters in the U.S. used to get candy apples.


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