National Eat a Red Apple Day – December 1


On December 1st, National Eat a Red Apple Day encourages everyone to eat a red apple. As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today is a perfect time to put that theory to taste.

An apple is both delicious and nutritious. With over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% of the world’s production coming from the USA, apples are widely available.

When it comes to a difference in health benefits between red and green apples, it’s a close call. Both have their advantages. Green apples beat the red apple slightly in fiber content. They also have less sugar and carbohydrates. However, red apples tend to taste better eaten fresh. They’re already naturally sweet and don’t require added sugar. The red apple slightly edges out the green in antioxidants. 

Most green apples are reserved for baking and preserves. Since most green apples are tart, the added sugar in recipes brings about a better flavor for eating. 


There are so many ways to celebrate National Eat a Red Apple Day. 

Sink your teeth into a delicious and juicy red apple. This time of year, apples of all kinds are plentiful. Pick up several kinds and give a few to friends to enjoy, too. Create fruit baskets to give as gifts. Do you have a collection of apple recipes? They’re usually full of delicious spices that fill our homes with warm, welcoming aromas. Apples also make great snacks with a slice of cheddar cheese or with a small cup of yogurt, too.

Dried apple slices smeared with peanut butter and dipped in birdseed make excellent treats for the birds. Pierce to make a hole and thread with twine. Hang it from a tree branch. Your neighborhood birds will thank you. 

However you enjoy, share using #NationalEatARedAppleDay to post on social media.

Do you have a bumper crop of red (or any color) apples? Read 5 Great Ways To Enjoy Apples for great tips to help you eat them all year long!


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this fruity holiday.

Apple FAQ

Q. Can I use any kind of apple for baking?
A. Apple varieties vary based on color, size, aroma, texture, sweetness, and crispness. They are also divided into three major categories: cider, cooking, and dessert. The best apples for baking into pies and desserts are the cooking apples. I know that seems confusing, but dessert apples are usually consumed raw because they are the perfect sweetness to enjoy on their own or in a salad or other fresh dessert. Cider apples are used to make beverages. Their bitter flavor usually makes us pucker if eaten raw, but they are perfect for making cider.

Q. What colors do apples come in?
A. Nature supplies us with apples that are red, green, yellow, white, and striped. The striped varieties are those that come in streaked combinations of red, green, or yellow.