Apple Cider Day
About Apple Cider Day
When is Apple Cider Day? This holiday is always observed on November 18
When it comes to food and symbols of the season, apples are a huge part of the Fall scene. The apple harvest is in. We’re making apple sauce, and apple pies, and enjoying a cup or two of hot, spiced apple cider mull. That makes today the perfect day to celebrate Apple Cider Day! If you like apples, and millions of us do, you can’t go through the Fall season without enjoying an occasional glass or two. When you look at this clear golden nectar of the apple, you know you’re in for a sweet and pleasant treat. So, enjoy this November 18 holiday with a fresh from the press glass of apple cider.
Did You Know? There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples worldwide. About 2500 varieties exist in the U.S. Of these, 100 apple varieties are grown commercially in the U.S. Just 15 of those varieties make up 90% of total production. They are Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Fuji.
The History of Apple Cider
This holiday has been around for just a short time. But, apples have been around for thousands of years. As you know, apple trees were first recorded in the Garden of Eden. We don’t know if Adam and Eve ever pressed the forbidden fruit into cider. We know that since the days of early civilizations, apples have been pressed to extract the juice. However, those early civilizations fermented apple cider into hard cider. Hard apple cider has always been popular. At the same, it has always competed with even more popular beer and wine. It runs a distant third to these two alcoholic beverages.
Outside of the United States, when people speak of apple cider, they are referring to the fermented hard cider. In the U.S., it is defined as the juice pressed from the apples and is unfermented.
How to Make Apple Cider
There is just one ingredient…… apples. To make apple cider, the apples are roughly ground up into a mash. The mash is then put through a press where the juice is squeezed out. That’s all there is to it! the resulting apple cider is then consumed as a drink either cold or at room temperature or made into hot cider mull. See hot apple cider mull recipe.
If you purchase apple cider from a grocery store, you will find consistent flavor. That’s because each manufacturer uses a certain variety of apples, or a combination of varieties, to make the juice. A consistent flavor is expected from grocery-bought cider. Store-bought cider has preservatives and is also pasteurized, which many say reduces the flavor. We believe the best apple cider is found at your local cider mill. There, it is pressed fresh and contains no artificial preservatives. If local laws allow, it is not pasteurized either. The flavor from your local mills may or not be consistent. They will often use the apples that are ripening at the time that you visit. As the Fall season progresses, different varieties mature, and the flavors are somewhat different. Some of the larger cider mills will press different batches, allowing you to select and buy it made from your favorite apple.
Apple Cider and Your Health
Not only does apple cider taste good, but it’s also good for you, too. Like fresh apples, the cider contains healthy antioxidants and polyphenols. This helps to reduce inflammation and lower your risk of heart attacks and other heart diseases. It is a good source of potassium. Apple cider helps to prevent plaque build-up in arteries and can even lower the risk of developing Type II Diabetes. Add some cinnamon, and the risk of diabetes is even lower, as cinnamon lowers blood sugar by improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
How to Celebrate Apple Cider Day
It’s very easy to celebrate this holiday. Gather your family and hop in the car. Your destination is the local cider mill. Upon arrival, buy your favorite variety of fresh apples. And, pick up a gallon or two of apple cider. When you get home, have it your way. You can have it as a cold drink, at room temperature, or you can make hot apple cider mull.
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“Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple. But, only God can count the number of apples in a seed.” – – Robert H. Schuller
History and Origin of Apple Cider Day
We did not find any information on who created Apple Cider Day, or when this special day was first celebrated. We traced the roots of this holiday back to 2014. Based on our research, we believe this holiday was started in the United Kingdom. We also found a single reference to “Hot Mulled Cider Day” in 2010. It appeared to be a one-time, localized event.
There is not very much written about this day. Despite its lack of popularity up to now, we believe it deserves recognition. Apples are a big part of the Fall scene and their popularity warrants this special day.
We found an occasional reference calling it “National” day. We did not find a congressional or presidential proclamation making this day a true national day.
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