Apple Tree Day could also be called ‘Put a Doctor Out of Business Day’ because of the fruit’s health benefits. However, the origin of this day is quite different. Apple Tree Day started as a celebration of an old apple tree almost two centuries old, and has grown to become a celebration of the apple itself.
Learn about Apple Tree Day
The apple tree is a deciduous tree that comes from the rose family. Its ancestor is the Malus sieversii, which is still grown to this day. Originating in Central Asia, apples then grew for many years in Europe, before European colonists brought them over to North Amerca during the 17th century. It is possible that they are the oldest tree to have been cultivated. When you consider the long journey that apples have gone on around the world and the fact that they are still one of the most popular foods today, it is not hard to see why they deserve to be celebrated.
In fact, there are a lot of benefits that are associated with eating apples! Apples contain a number of different antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, phloridzin, catechin, and quercetin. There have been a number of different studies into the links between eating apples and lowering your cholesterol, reducing your risk of certain diseases, and managing your weight. One way to pay honor to the Apple Tree on this day is by delving deeper into the different types of apples that are available, understanding the unique benefits they provide and the unique taste experience they have to offer.
History of Apple Tree Day
Apple Tree Day started off as a celebration of an old apple tree, which had been around for two centuries! As time went on, this day morphed into a celebration of the fruit itself. On this day, we are all encouraged to learn more about apples and the importance of including them into our diet.
How to celebrate Apple Tree Day
It is a good idea to take a look online and see whether there are any events that are going on in your local area. A lot of communities will host local village festivals on Apple Tree Day, selling the most delicious apple treats. This includes everything from apple pies to apple cider. It’s a great way to be a part of the community and enjoy some of the local produce.
Even if you don’t have access to an organised function on Apple Tree Day, you can still participate – just eat an apple, drink apple cider or eat meals with apple in them. Traditionalists will take apple tree cuttings and plant them, but if you don’t have a green thumb it’s just as acceptable to plant an apple tree bought from a plant nursery. Sign up for a course on fruit tree pruning. If you’re at work, hold a competition to see who can peel an apple to make the longest ‘Slinky’ – you don’t have to like apples to be involved.
You can also spend Apple Tree Day picking some fresh apples and using them to bake an incredible creation. There are so many different desserts that call for the use of apples. This includes traditional desserts, such as Apple Cake, Apple Crumble, and Apple Pie. There are also modern recipes that you can find today. This includes Apple Crumb Cheesecake Pie, Salted Caramel Apple Crisp, Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream, and much more. All you need to do is a quick search online and you are bound to come across plenty of delicious apple-based treats.
You could even try your hand at making your own apple cider. You have two options here. You can go down the easy route of purchasing one of the apple cider making kits that are available in stores. The other option is to make your own apple cider from scratch. This does require quite a lot of hard work, but it will all be worth it in the end!
And since this day comes just once a year, if you’re in love declare it by throwing a Golden Delicious at the ‘apple of your eye’ and see if they reciprocate your affections by catching it. If they don’t, there’s always next year!