Heard on the radio this morning, whilst still in a state of semi-consciousness, that it’s National Apple Day! How utterly lovely, I thought, as I teased back the curtains to a mild and mellow Autumn morn, to have a day of celebration dedicated to the humble apple; I wonder whose idea that was? So, inquisitive as ever, I looked it up and found that there’s far more to Apple Day than just fruit. This is what the World Wide Web says about it………
‘Apple day, 21st October, was launched in 1990 by Common Ground. The aspiration was to create a calendar custom, an autumn holiday. From the beginning, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too. It has also played a part in raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food.
We would still like Apple Day to become the autumn holiday in Britain. Apple Day is now an integral part of the calendar of many villages, local authorities and city markets. it is a focus for activities organised by the Women’s Institute, National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, museums and galleries, horticultural societies, shops and restaurants as well as for schools, colleges and environmental study centres.
Apple day is also a novel way of encouraging healthy eating. Each year, alongside tasting, juicing, baking, pruning and grafting, (love that!), an imaginative array of games and creative activities have flourished – ranging from simple apple printing to mummers’ apple plays, new songs and poetry evenings – (I knew there was a reason why I was so interested!!)
The first Apple Day celebrations, in the old Apple market in Covent Garden consisted of forty stalls. Fruit growers and nurseries producing and selling a wide variety of apples and trees mingled with juice-and-cider-makers, as well as writers and illustrators with their apple books. Experts were there to identify apple types, while apple jugglers and magicians entertained thousands of visitors – far more than expected – who came on the day.’
Wow!- Who would have thought such an ordinary and readily available fruit could stir such passion and excitement!!
I’m going to celebrate Apple Day by baking three of my beauties (as pictured above) with currants, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter!
How do you like yours?? 🙂