I couldn’t let October pass by without talking about apples. After all, October is National Apple Month! Normally by now, my family and I have gone apple picking, but this month is just flying and and we haven’t had time to go yet. We’re going to try to go this weekend and I hope (fingers crossed!) my favorite kind, Honeycrisp, is still available!

Lots Of Apples For The Picking

There are many types of apples found in U.S. supermarkets, which at times can be overwhelming, especially in the fall months. Some are best for cooking and baking, while others are enjoyed as a healthy snack.

Apples are full of fiber and Vitamin C and range from sweet to tart. Pair them with peanut or other nut butters, slices of cheese, or cut them up for a fresh, crispy addition to a salad. Any way you slice it, apples are a nutritious addition to your diet!

Let’s take a look at some of the popular varieties of apples, along with their taste descriptions from prevention.com:

Which of these varieties is your favorite? Let me know in the comment section below – I love hearing from you!

Gala – Sweet and easy eating

McIntosh – Juicy, fresh, sweet, and bright

Granny Smith– Incredibly tart, high acid, and subtle sweetness

Golden Delicious – Exceptionally rich, even custardy

Cortland – Crisp, juicy, sharp, and sweet/tart

Fuji – Crisp, sweet, and refreshing

Honeycrisp – Juicy, sweet, and crunchy

Pink Lady – Mild but pleasant flavor and plenty of crunch

Snapdragon – Incredibly crunchy with a sweet and spicy flavor

NCP Panel Apple Data

I was able to gather some NCP panel member data about apples that you may find a-peel-ing:

The top 5 months in which panel members purchased the most apples (in the past 12 months):

1. October      

2. November

3. January       

4. March         

5. April           

(Panel members purchased the least amount in the month of July.)

The top 5 states in which panel members purchased the most apples on average (in the past 12 months):

1. Wyoming

2. Oregon

3. Utah

4. Massachusetts

5. Connecticut

Interesting, right? NCP panel members represent consumers all across the country by sharing their shopping experiences and opinions!

Become A Member

If you’re not a panel member and interested in joining NCP to share your shopping experiences, earn great rewards, and influence what you see on store shelves, click here or go to the Join NCP section of the blog!

Panel Members: Please report all of your apple (and other fruit) purchases, with and without barcodes. If there is no barcode to scan, use the Non-Barcoded Items list in the NCMobile app for your non-barcoded (loose) apple purchases (or refer to the Barcode Reference Booklet if you use NCP’s handheld scanner).

Just for fun: Where do apples go for fresh air? The “Apple”achian Mountains. (I heard you laughing, haha!)

Enjoy the weekend!



Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

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