September is National Apple Month, and here in Washington, apples are a big deal. It's our official state fruit, and we produce about 42% of the apples grown in the USA.
Although the Red Delicious apple is the most popular, I'm partial to the Fuji, and don't even get my husband started on the deliciousness of the Honeycrisp.
Every fall when I was growing up, my parents packed us in the car for a day trip over the Cascade mountains to the apple growing towns of Wenatchee and Cashmere.
I have no idea why we didn't actually go apple picking when we visited. It's one of the mysteries of my childhood! My mother loved seeing the colors of the fall leaves as we crossed the mountains, and my father wanted a couple of big boxes of apples from the local produce stands.
We always ended every trip with a visit to the Aplets and Cotlets factory. I've been there so many times, I think I have their tour memorized. Seeing a box of Aplets and Cotlets candy instantly transports me back to my childhood.
While I love apples, I cannot eat apple pie. When I was five, my brother and I got a terrible stomach virus - a day after eating apple pie. We were so sick I was eventually hospitalized for dehydration. It wasn't the pie's fault, but to this day I don't even like the smell of cooked apples. Which is a shame, because I'm told that it's heavenly!
A fresh salad with apples, celery and walnuts, though - sounds delicious!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! What is your favorite apple? Have you ever tried Aplets and Cotlets?