Apple Day

Apple Day Quick Facts

AKA NameNational Apple Day
2023 Date21 October 2023
2024 Date21 October 2024

Apple Day

Apple Day celebrates apples and orchards, promoting the maintenance, enjoyment, and use of these fruit-bearing trees. The observance encourages a deeper understanding of the vast apple varieties and their diverse uses, including culinary, medicinal, and recreational purposes. Apple Day also highlights the role of orchards in preserving local biodiversity and fostering community engagement while preserving traditional skills associated with apple cultivation and fruit processing.

The origins of Apple Day can be traced back to 1990, when it was first celebrated in Covent Garden, London. The event was organised by Common Ground, an environmental organisation aiming to encourage the connection between nature and culture. Apple Day has since expanded and gained popularity across the United Kingdom, celebrating the diverse range of apples native to Britain and their importance to rural and urban communities. The day serves as a reminder of the rich heritage of British apple varieties, ensuring their preservation for future generations to enjoy.

In the United Kingdom, Apple Day events often involve apple-themed activities such as apple tasting, juicing, and baking, as well as workshops on tree planting, pruning, and grafting. Local communities come together to organise events that showcase traditional customs, music, and dancing, further enriching the cultural bond between apple cultivation and British heritage. Apple Day typically takes place on the 21st of October, providing a day for everyone to appreciate the wonder of apples and their unique role in British heritage and ecosystems.

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Apple Day Facts

  • The average lifespan of an apple tree is 30-40 years.
  • The first apple trees were found in modern-day Kazakhstan. They were later brought to Europe and the Americas by travelers and traders.

Apple Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visitors to Lathcoats Farm in Essex can taste over 40 apple varieties, press apples to make juice, and enjoy live music on Apple Day.
  • Celebrate Apple Day at home by baking apple-based dishes, making homemade apple juice or cider, or simply enjoying some delicious apples.
  • The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale in Kent has the largest collection of fruit trees in the world. Visitors can take a guided tour of the orchards, taste different types of apples, and learn about the history of apple cultivation.
  • The Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire hosts an annual Apple Day celebration where visitors can learn about apple varieties, participate in apple-themed activities, and sample homemade apple products.
  • London's Borough Market hosts an annual Apple Day festival where visitors can purchase a range of apple products, from fresh fruit to cider and apple-based snacks.

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