It’s Labor Day weekend and that means one thing here western North Carolina. It’s apple season! And what better way to kick off the season than an Apple Festival.
The North Carolina Apple Festival is held in downtown Hendersonville, NC. It starts today and runs through September 1. The festival has been celebrating all things apples for more than 60 years for a reason. Apple growing has been a part of the agricultural make up of the area since the 1700s. Today there are over 200 growers in the area and the crops bring in an average of $22 million dollars a year. North Carolina is the 7th largest producer of apples in the US and 65% of the apples are grown in Henderson County.
Here are a few fun facts about apples that you can ponder while you’re pie is in the oven:
- It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
- Apples account for 50 percent of the world’s deciduous fruit tree production.
- The old saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” This saying comes from an old English adage, “To eat an apple before going to bed, will make the doctor beg his bread.”
- Don’t peel your apple. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Antioxidants help to reduce damage to cells, which can trigger some diseases.
- The science of apple growing is called pomology.
- Apples have five seed pockets or carpels. Each pocket contains seeds. The number of seeds per carpel is determined by the vigor and health of the plant. Different varieties of apples will have different number of seeds.
Hendersonville is located in western North Carolina, just south of Asheville and east of Brevard. With a population of approximately 110,000, it’s small enough to have that small town feel, but large enough to have all the conveniences you’re looking for.
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