Can you swap your imported fruit ... and eat an apple a day?
Updated: Oct 9
Oaken pip, core blimey, pearmain, orange pippin. Can you guess what this week’s challenge is about?
These are a few of the different apples grown in the UK. Can you guess how many there are? …. Amazingly, we grow around 2,200 different varieties of apple! And over 7,000 varieties are grown around the world. And the great news is that now is the best time of the year to enjoy eating them, as lots of our apples are ready for picking from September. Your challenge this week is to swap imported fruit – like pineapple, mango, melon, grapes, blueberries for an a apple a day for a week!
Can you see how many different varieties of British apples you can find in your local shop/ market? You might need to check the labels to find out where they come from – ‘country of origin’. Unfortunately most supermarkets sell the same 10-12 varieties, many of which are are imported, and look and taste very similar. Can you be brave and try something new - but make sure it is locally grown!? What does it smell like? Taste like? – crisp or crunchy? Sweet or tangy? Is it red, green, brown or stripey?
Remember to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you have completed this challenge and exchanged imported fruits for home grown apples.
When you get home, how many different ways can you come up with to eat an apple? Slices, sticks, rings or cubes… dipped in peanut butter, cream cheese or melted chocolate…. scattered on your favourite breakfast cereal… added to cheese on toast. Maybe you like to munch an apple straight from the bowl… or could you make an apple crumble to share with your family? If you want to take apple slices to school you can dip them in a mixture of 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water to stop them going brown.
If you are lucky enough to have an apple tree growing in your garden can you ask your parent/ carer if the fruit is ready to pick? Or maybe you have a neighbour or friend who would welcome a hand picking theirs? When you need a break, why not find a comfy spot underneath the tree and look up at the canopy? What autumn colours can you see? What does the bark feel like? Can you hear any birds, insects or animals? If you breathe deeply, can you smell the apples???
Remember to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you have completed this challenge! And please share some pictures of your apple creations if you’d like to see them on our website!