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Wenatchee Valley Apple harvest

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Not much seems more American than a nice slice of delicious apple pie, but did you ever think of where all these apples come from? Thirty six states grow apples, but Washington State has become the top producer and has the largest variety, earning one of its regions, Wenatchee Valley, the title "Apple Capital of the World." Walking through the apple orchards, visitors have the chance to pick their own savory apples, loading their baskets with braeburn, cameo, fuji, gala, gingergold, golden delicious, granny smith, jonagold, pink lady, rome, and red delicious apples.

September is the peak harvest time, but some apples are ready for picking in mid-August while others aren't ripe until October. Apple lovers don't need to wait until autumn, though, to get a taste of their state's famous fruit. Each spring at the end of April, Wenatchee Valley hosts the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, the oldest major festival in the state. This festival celebrates the coming harvest with parades, food fairs, a waterfront carnival, nightly music performances, and tournaments.

In Wenatchee Valley, references to apples are made everywhere from the names of appliances and machine shops to square dance clubs and the town's basketball team. Visitors to the area will be surrounded by a town incredibly proud of its title and an area blooming with these crisp fruits.

 

Written by  Allison Hansen.

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