December 1st is Eat a Red Apple Day.
In the northern hemisphere, the stores are still bursting with apples, fresh from the harvest. (If you’re in the southern hemisphere, they’re on their way to you, by ship!)
A few of the varieties you will see year round, because they either store well or are brought in from other parts of the world. Other varieties, though, won’t store long even in commercial storage, so time is running out to enjoy one of them this season.
In case you’re tempted to bend the rules a bit and have several red apples — say, in an apple pie — the idea of the day is probably to eat a fresh apple out of hand, because fresh-eating apples tend to store less well than cooking apples.
Make it a point today to treat yourself to a red apple that you don’t see year round, or to introduce yourself to a new one that you haven’t met before.
See also: Apples, Apple Day, Empire Apple Birthday, Oak Apple Day, Apple Cider Day, World Cider Day, Johnny Appleseed
The earliest print mention of a “Eat a Red Apple Day” in December that CooksInfo is aware of dates from 1998 in Wisconsin:
“Heading on to Dec. 1 is both National Pie Day and National Eat a Red Apple Day. Hey, just eat some apple pie (provided it’s made with red apples) and be done with it.” — Powers, Pamela. Just another day: National designations overdone. Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Leader-Telgram. Sunday, 20 September 1998. Page F1, col. 1.