Apples and school—is there a stronger association between two concepts? While the origin of gifting school teachers with a shiny, red apple is up for debate, there’s no doubt school kids and apples are meant to be together. Read on to learn why this pome is the perfect produce item to promote as a healthy snacking alternative and brain fuel for kiddos as they return to the classroom.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, about 60 percent of American children don’t consume the recommended daily amount of fruit. Apples present an accessible, nutrient-dense, and tasty option for families looking to up their fruit intake. Numerous studies show that apple consumption positively correlates with better health thanks to their dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—quite the punch for such a humble fruit.
Few experiences are as universal as munching on apples at school. The hearty fruit is perfect for lunchboxes and classroom snack time: sweet, crunchy, consistent, and familiar—especially smaller-sized apples and slices, which are ideal for little mouths and hands. Sweet varieties such as Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, and Envy™ are perfect apples for fall promotions targeting back-to-school.
Did you know that, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, apples are the second-most-consumed fresh fruit in the U.S.? This is especially true for shoppers with kids: 62 percent of apple purchasers have children. New crop apples dovetail perfectly with back-to-school timing, especially as shoppers look to fill their fridges with quick and easy items for those hectic early mornings. When you really think about it, the classic combination of apples and school just makes sense.