Apple: The Forgotten Fall Flavor


Lente Huiskens '18

Where are the caramel apples? Hiding behind some pumpkin themed display, I reckon.

Gabby Villegas '16, Staff Writer

Although many may not realize this, we are experiencing a serious problem in the fall flavor marketing world.

Walk into any grocery store and you will be bombarded with pumpkin fetishizing propaganda. Where are the caramel apples? Where are the apple-cinnamon flavored teas? Probably surrounded by pumpkin flavored this, and overwhelmed by jack-o-lantern themed that. Because of this injustice to our humble, pomaceous ally, I have made it my job to reveal exactly how delicious this fruit really is.

 Here are some fun facts about apples that you probably didn’t know:

1. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, consumption of raw apples is associated with a decreased risk of asthma. The site also pointed out that apples are also one of the few fruits to protect against lung cancer.

2. states that former president, John Adams drank “a tankard” of apple cider every morning and lived to be 90 years old.

3. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a flea repellant in dogs, says EarthClinic.Com.

4. In a HubPages list of facts about apples, it was revealed that apples can increase mental alertness.

5. Snopes.Com states that the claim that apple seeds contain cyanide is indeed true. However, even the most frequent apple eaters among us would be unlikely to ingest enough poison to actually hurt them. Pumpkin lovers are just telling the tale to keep apple consumption down and pumpkin on the shelves.

These are just a few hand-picked (Get it? like hand picking apples…) facts about the almighty apple. Some die-hard pumpkin-sympathizers who read this are probably thinking “Pshh, whatever. #teampumpkin” To those thinking that,  I have one thing to say: can you use pumpkin cider to get rid of your dog’s fleas? No, you can’t. Have fun with your flea-ridden dog.