Eat a Red Apple Day

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” Carl Edward Sagan

Welcome to December 1st which celebrate red apples.

Yes, it is National Eat a Red Apple Day, a reminder to eat a red apple, a nutritious source of manganese, copper, and the vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6. And did you know that apples are members of the rose family? I confess that I did not know this until today.

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” Jane Austen

Apples are part of our history, mythologies, legends (think Johnny Appleseed) They have a ubiquitous quality that comes from the many thousands of varieties that are grown throughout the world. But the best stories are found in kitchens where apple strudel, apple pie, apple crisp, apple cookies and cakes come into being within the warmth of a kitchen stove.

Thank you for celebrating Eat a Red Apple Day with me. What better time to share an apple story that comes from Similkameen Valley of British Columbia. The Ambrosia apple appeared, as if by magic, among a row of Jonagold apples that were grown on the Mennell family orchard. They came into being as a result of a chance seedling. For more on the story check out this link:

Revealing the Mysterious Origins of Ambrosia Apples

11 Thoughts

  1. Apples, of all fruits, seem to be the most popular and most loved. And, of all apples, I believe the Ambrosia apple makes the best and tastiest pie. And, of course, what’s not to love in the apple. It is still the most used of all fruits, baked, boiled. roasted, raw! ! ! Thank you for sharing a part of the history, as well. An apple pie is an excellent choice for a Christmas treat.

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    1. When I read the Ambrosia story, I was reminded that we live in an extraordinary world that provides nourishment and adds beauty and meaning to our lives. The other thought that occurred to me is that little actions create huge outcomes. Looking forward to apple pie on Christmas!

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  2. You are reading my mind! I’ll be ordering 2 bags of MacIntosh apples in our food order. These are for pies I will be making. I should get 4 or 5 pies. One will be eaten immediately! The others will go in the freezer with the 13 other fruit pies I have stashed for the months ahead. (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, peach and apricot).
    The best part is, after having read this, I can call them Rose pies…or at least Rose Apple pies. So cool! {{{hugs}}}

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    1. I continue to learn, Resa. I did not know the link between the rose family and fruit. I was amazed to learn more…. This is from Wikipedia: “The rose family is arguably one of the six most economically important crop plant families, and includes apples, pears, quinces, medlars, loquats, almonds, peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, sloes, and roses among the crop plants belonging to the family.” I did NOT know this. I always think of roses and love – but I didn’t know how much love they gave us!!!

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  3. And I thought apple pie was “as American…” Thank you, Rebecca, and Jane Austen! Fortunately for us, someone else has already created the universe, and we can simply pluck those apples, for ill or for good, like baking apple pie 🙂

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    1. I remember the first time that I tasted an ambrosia apple. I was in the lunchroom at work and my amazing co-worker offered me a slice of her apple. This was in the mid-1990’s It was an epiphany of taste. I had to find out more about them and found this remarkable story of serendipity. They were very difficult to find in the early days, but now they are fully entrenched and a favourite amongst apple lovers. Ambrosia apples remind me that what seems impossible can become a reality. And that, my dear friend, gives me great comfort. I have apple pie on the menu for Christmas Day. Hugs and more hugs!

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