On Friday 21st October, apple lovers all over the world will be celebrating World Apple Day! To celebrate, we're giving away a free taster pack of our Apple and Cinnamon Energy Balls with every order placed today and over the weekend. We hope you and your foodies enjoy them!
Here at Wild Child HQ, we've been doing some digging about the mysterious world of the apple. Here's what we discovered...
Depending on the variety of apple, October brings with it the start of the main apple harvest in the UK. Our temperate climate is perfect for growing crisp and tasty apples; they grow relatively slowly, making the most of the summer months to sweeten up in time for the autumn harvest :)
In the UK, there are approximately 3000 types of apples, including our favourites, the Cox and Egremont Russet. We’re the only country in the world that cultivates apples for cooking – the Bramley being the most famous of these. In 2014, over 53,000 tonnes of Bramley apples were grown in the UK alone!
Part of the rose family, the apple tree is originally from central Asia. It has been grown for thousands of years in Asia, Europe and North America, and has over 7,500 cultivars (types.) Each of these cultivars is bred for different purposes such as cooking, eating raw, making juice, cider, jam and vinegar. You'll recognise apple trees in the spring when their beautiful blossom blooms, before the fruit matures and is ready to be picked at the end of the summer!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
We’ve all heard the old Welsh proverb, but why are apples so good for us?
Rich in antioxidants, flavanoids*, fibre, minerals and vitamins, apples are known to improve digestion, prevent stomach problems, heart disease and various cancers. Just one medium-sized apple makes up 12% of our recommended daily intake of fibre. Some of this fibre is made up of pectin, which in turn reduces cholesterol. Apples also ward off nasty colds and bugs as they're jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. Do you know why apples float?! They are 25% air which means that their overall density is less than water.
Apples have natural antibacterial properties thanks to their skin. Chewing apple encourages the production of saliva, which helps decrease acidity in the mouth and flush away any leftover food. All in all, we think apples are pretty amazing! Now is THE best time to be buying British apples, they have just been picked and taste delicious. They’re also cheaper as they’re in abundance!
*flavanoids = one of the largest nutrient families