via the NYT
Well, it’s that time of year again – back to school.
Have you ever wondered why apples symbolize back to school?
According to the U.S. Apple Association, giving apples to teachers originated in early one-room schoolhouses when students would gift their teachers with apples to distract them from their poor performance – resulting in the rhyme,
“An apple for the teacher will always do the trick when you don’t know your lesson in arithmetic.”
The apple was chosen because “A is for apple,” and A is the grade that students strive for.
Now, the apple may have caused problems in the Garden of Eden, but when it comes to nutrition, apples are very beneficial to overall health. They protect bone health, aid in the prevention of cancer, asthma and heart disease, and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants.
Labour Day weekend marks the official start of apple picking season. Apple picking is a great family activity for those looking to enjoy a fun fall outing. And nothing motivates kids to eat their fruits and vegetables more than the excitement of reaping them from an orchard.
Apple orchards often have other fun activities for kids such as hayrides, pony rides, corn mazes, and even petting zoos.
When the picking’s done, you can take pleasure in cooking with your kids. The options are endless – jams, muffins, pies, cakes, apple cider, or even bread. The warm scent and flavour of baking apples is a sure sign that fall is just around the corner.
What are you waiting for? Find the apple orchard nearest you, pack a picnic and go apple picking this Labour Day weekend. It’s the perfect autumn adventure.Tags: apples, fall, family, food, Health, Kids Activities