The Apple of My Eye

This month, we celebrate the crunchy tastiness of the apple. On Sept. 18, we have International Eat an Apple Day, and then on Sept. 26, we celebrate the king of apples with Johnny Appleseed Day.

In South Carolina, apples are in peak season now through December, making this the perfect time to pay tribute to the apple, one of nature’s best inventions. Hey, it’s even known as “nature’s toothbrush,” thanks to the apple’s texture combined with the fact is encourages our mouths to generate more saliva.

Here are some more fun apple facts from
– One medium apple contains about 80 calories.
– There are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown in the world. About 2500 varieties are grown in the United States
– Red Delicious is the most popular and most-produced apple in the United States. Golden Delicious is the second most popular
– The only apple native to North America is the crabapple
– Johnny Appleseed was the nickname for John Chapman, an American pioneer born in 1774 who planted apple seeds in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. (See, proof Northerners are useful!)

And if apples are sounding pretty yummy right about now, here are tons of apple recipes to get you started.

We want to know: what’s your favorite variety of apple or your favorite apple dish?

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