Did you know that apples are one of New York State’s top exports and that there are more than 20 varieties grown here?  We have Governor Peter Stuyvesant to thank for that because he is credited with planting the first apple tree from the Netherlands on the corner of Third Avenue and 13th Street in New York City in 1647.

Photo from Red Jacket Orchards Courtesy of VisitFingerLakes.com

Photo from Red Jacket Orchards Courtesy of VisitFingerLakes.com

Today’s Finger Lakes Region abounds with great placees to pick apples!  Many of the pick-your-own farms also have added attractions such as hayrides, corn mazes, pick-your-own pumpkins and other activities for children.

Our family loves to go apple picking but I’m never sure which apples are best for apple sauce and which are best for pie.  So in my quest for information I’ve found NY Apple Country.

This website not only indicates which apples are best for various uses, but it also lists all the apple farms in each county of New York State, the dates and locations of Apple Festivals, and offers recipes in which to use apples.

And the great news is that you can enjoy apples without worrying about negative health consequences.  They’re fat free, high in fiber, aid digestion, may reduce the risk of some forms of cancer and help form strong bones.  So I’ll see you at the Apple Orchards!

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