November 18, 2012

National Apple Cider Day

"I heard a sound as of scraping tripe, and putting apples wondrous ripe, into a cider-press's gripe." - Robert Browning

It's National Apple Cider Day!

Apple cider is a raw, unfiltered, unsweetened beverage made from apples. It's different from apple juice, which is filtered to remove apple particles, pasteurized to preserve the shelf life, and usually contains additional ingredients (like sugar and water).

Fact: apple cider is also one of the best things about autumn.

Colonial settlers brought apple seeds with them from England. Growing apples was easy and cheap, so it didn't take very long for hard cider to become of the States' favorite early adult beverages. Cider making increased in the 1900's thanks to Johnny Appleseed and is westward apple-sharing journey.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Whether you're celebrating today with the hard stuff, a hot doughnut, or just a mug of your favorite orchard's fresh cider I hope today you can take a moment to slow down, take a deep breath before the rush of the holiday madness, and revel in the view of wherever you are in your life right now.

Happy National Apple Cider Day!