Apples originated in Central Asia, where they have been growing for thousands of years. There are more than 7,500 known cultivated varieties of apples! Apples were introduced to the United States by colonists in the 17th century. Only crabapples are native to North America. Most of the nutrients in an apple are found just under the skin. Apples are high in fiber and good sources of potassium and vitamin C. It takes about 36 apples to make a gallon of cider. Apple trees mature slowly and can take 4-10 years to produce fruit.

This webpage includes a variety of educational materials, activities, recipes, and more about apples for use at home, in youth or family programming, in the classroom, and in the cafeteria. For more New Hampshire Harvest of the Month resources for October, click here.

Lesson Plan for Apples

Developed in partnership with UNH Extension, NH Farm to School, and the UNH Education department, the Harvest Lessons lesson plan and curricular activities can be used by education professionals to incorporate apples into dynamic, long-lasting learning in the classroom and other education-based settings.