Apple days and orchard festivals
There are apple days at places we care for across the UK, so you're sure to find one near you. You can even let the children loose in an orchard to eat an apple straight from a tree: number 9 on our 50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾. Just check with the orchard owner first.
The best spot for apple picking
You won't have to look far for an orchard laden with apples in autumn. We asked Ben Cooke, one of our rangers, to give us his insider tip on where the best fruits are found. ‘Stonehenge has an excellent track called the 'apple track', which was an old military railway. It's fantastic for foraging,' he says. 'It has lots of old apple varieties and many other sources of wild food.’ We'll see you there!
Cook up a seasonal feast
We asked keen cooks on social media for some apple-inspired baking ideas.
Lucinda Barton passed on this handy tip through Twitter, to keep apples at their crunchy best:
‘Squirt apple slices with a little lemon juice before baking to keep them pale and crunchy.’
Ginny Brown gave us this mouth-watering idea on Facebook:
‘Try an apple and orange crunch. Prepare apples as you would if you were making a crumble and add some orange zest. Butter some slightly stale white bread and cut it into triangles. Lie the bread evenly across the apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake until golden and crunchy. Delicious!’
We have a whole host of tasty recipes using apples. Here are some of our favourites: