Two Teens And Their Mama: Washington Apples

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Washington Apples


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?

14 comments:

  1. LOVE apple picking season. When my kids were little, every year I'd get a bunch of families together. We'd go apple picking then come back to my house, The kids would play, the guys would go to the man cave to play pool and watch football and the girls would all make applesauce and apple pies. Everyone would meet up in the kitchen for Chili and cornbread and everyone would go home with applesauce and apple pies. Such great memories.

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    1. That sounds like so much fun! My hubby and I tried applesauce a few years ago, but we weren't very successful.

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  2. I love fall and apples and pies and everything that goes with fall! Too bad about the apple situation. Take care and enjoy the weekend.
    Julie

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    1. I love fall too. September is my favorite month!

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  3. My neighbor just told me this morning that he plans to give me some apples from his tree. They made wonderful filling for pies and crisps last fall - so I took him up on the offer without any hesitation! I had never heard of aplets and cotlets!

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    1. Lucky you! A fresh apple straight from the tree is so good. You would love aplets & cotlets!

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  4. I have never heard of Aplets and Cotlets. And I don't care for apple pie either. But, strangely, I love fried apples. Lovely post!

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    1. I wonder if I would like fried apples? I've never tried them. Thank you for commenting!

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  5. Washington apples.. you always hear about them. They're pretty great here in Massachusetts too. Yum!
    I never had a stomach virus after eating apple pie but I love apples very much and I only like them raw. I don't like baked apples in anything! I'll eat it, but it's not something I seek out.

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    1. I love fresh apples, but cooked ones are just yuck. I can't even stand the smell of cooking apples.

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  6. Ohhh I love Apples. Michigan is known for them too and they have so many different varieties. I try to eat an apple daily, or at least 5 times a week. Love going to Apple Orchards. =)

    Also Lana, I nominated you for the Very Aspiring Blogger Awards you can read all about that on the link below.

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2014/09/very-aspiring-blogger.html

    Happy Monday!! <3 Ada.

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    1. I try to eat an apple every day too! Thank you so much for the nomination - I'm very honored :)

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  7. We make the short trip over to N.C. in September. Mom loves fried apples and gala apples are the best for that. I've got mine in the freezer already.

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    1. You are so organized! I love gala apples too. I've never tried them fried.

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