If you were asked to choose one fruit that reminded you of home, what would you say? The fruit I associate as being Canadian is probably the apple, and believe it or not, the McIntosh apple is truly Canadian. It was discovered in Ontario, Canada in 1811 by John McIntosh while he was clearing some brush on his farm. Steve Jobs is also a lover of apples so much that he named his computer after the McIntosh.
I can always tell that fall is here when the air gets cool and the leaves start falling off the trees. It's the time of year when you can look forward to the leaves changing color, thanksgiving, fall fairs, pumpkin carving, and halloween. I start to notice the grocery stores filling with many varieties of apples; red delicious, McIntosh, granny smith and more. It is at that time that my mouth starts watering for apple pie, apple crumble, apple strudel, hot apple cider, caramel and candy apples.
Apples are a good source of soluble and insoluble fibre, vitamin C, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, but don't peel those apples away, because the skin contains most of the nutrients. Did you know that there are over 7500 varieties of apples in the world? It is because apples are like people. Each apple seed produces a different apple just a little bit different. If you were to grow apples from their seeds, there wouldn't be any apple varieties, just thousands of apples all a little bit different. Apples are grown from grafts, which are twigs cut from the parent tree and grown onto a small young tree called a rootsack. This is how we can enjoy the apples you see in the grocery store today!
Fun fact: In ancient Greece tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage, catching it was acceptance. How do you like them apples?