In the beautiful season that is fall, it is easy to get swept up in the pumpkin craze. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin decorations, jack o lanterns. Pumpkins are to Halloween what a Christmas tree is to Christmas. And that’s just fine. If you love pumpkins, I’m not here to tell you that you shouldn’t. I just want to give everyone a quick reminder about the other fall flavor-apple. Apples are great for a number of reasons:
- They are fun to obtain. Going out into an apple orchard and picking apples is one of the best fall past times there are. Getting to climb the trees and fill your bag or basket full is so exciting and it’s an activity that both kids and adults like. Also, most apple orchards also have hay rides and stores with apple products to purchase.
- Speaking of which, apples make great products. Apple sauce, apple cider, apple juice, candy apples. You can make so many different things out of apples. Some of them are year round, like the juices and sauces so you’re never without but some products like cider and candy apples are a fun seasonal treat. They are something to look forward to when fall rolls around.
- Conversely, you can eat apples as-is. You don’t need to make anything out of apples if you don’t want to, they are easily eaten as-is. The best part of apple picking is actually getting to eat an apple or two as you walk through the orchard. Also, they are super healthy for you so you don’t feel guilty.
- There is a wide variety of apple types. Empire, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Fuji, Red Delicious, the list goes on. Each type of apple has its own unique flavor so almost anyone can find a kind of apple they like.
- They smell amazing. If you’ve never bought an apple-scented candle, do it! The smell of apple is so crisp and sweet and it’s a scent you can choose to have year round or just in the fall. Either way, you really can’t go wrong.
Apples are a very important part of fall, but sometimes they are overshadowed by warm pumpkin drinks and pumpkin decorations. The reason it’s important to remember why apples are so great is because there are people whose livelihoods depend on apple orchards. I’m from an area where apple orchards and apple picking are a big deal so I have a soft-spot for the farmers who take care of those orchards. Apple farming is hard, especially when the summers are dry or the early fall nights get really cold. These families put a lot of effort into their orchards and I think it’s important to take advantage of having local apple crops and support them.