It’s Apple Picking Season in the Carolinas

North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina and grows 65 percent of the apples in the state. Today Henderson County is home to approximately 200 apple growers. According to Henderson County Extension Service statistics, there are about 5000 acres of apple trees planted in Henderson County. The apple harvest season runs from late August to late October. The most widely-grown apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty and Galas. In addition, a number of other varieties are harvested. Fresh apples, cider, produce and many other items may be purchased at one of the many roadside apple markets or produce stands located throughout Henderson County. Some orchards offer tours and allow you to pick your own apples. Enjoy a self-guided driving to tour into the heart of scenic apple country.

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