National Apple Month aims to bring attention to the apple industry and its products through promotions, showcasing of new types of apples, and retail displays. The celebration also aims to develop a stronger bond among the major players in the apple industry.
Food Products from Apples
Americans have a longtime love affair with apples, perhaps starting with the iconic Midwest hero Johnny Appleseed who brought the land to life with apple orchards. Apples are among the most commonly eaten fruits. Apples are the basic ingredient in several delicious food products. The fruit, which combines flavor, nutrients, and fiber, can be used in many traditional foods that are common at the American table. Apples are popularly eaten as a raw fruit, but they are also a frequent item on the breakfast table in the form of apple juice or applesauce. Apples can be baked or cooked with meat dishes, made into filling for pies, and dehydrated into dried snacks.
Apple cider is an unfiltered, non-alcoholic, and unsweetened beverage made from apples. It is the alcohol-free version of the alcoholic cider (otherwise known as hard cider) that is popular in the U.S.
Unlike apple juice, apple cider is a raw beverage that has not gone through the filtration process. That is why it may contain pulp and other sediments. Apple cider is highly perishable and needs constant refrigeration. Apple juice, on the other hand, is free of all traces of solid particles and has been pasteurized which results in an increased shelf life.
Apple cider is traditionally served on fall and winter holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Good apple cider is made from a good variety of apples. The cider will take on the distinct taste of its source apple. Sweet cider comes from apples that include Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala, and Red Delicious. Sharp cider comes from apple varieties including Gravenstein, McIntosh, and Winesap. Bitter and bittersweet cider comes from Cortland, Newtown, and Dolgo Crabapple.