For the next few weeks our seasonal “Washington Weekend” posts return to TravelnWrite. In them we’ll take you along with us on road trips and ‘staycations’ in the Pacific Northwest’s, Evergreen State. The series begins, however, on the other side of the world. . .
We’d flown to the other side of the world – 11,149 air miles or 17,942 air kilometers – in April to board Oceania’s Nautica in Bangkok, Thailand for a cruise to Istanbul, Turkey.
|Back-of-the-seat monitors let you track your travel on Emirates Airlines|
By whatever measurement, miles or kilometers, we were a long way from anything Washington State. . .or so we thought, until. . .
. . . we went into a grocery store just down the road from The Peninsula Hotel where we were staying in Bangkok. Grocery stores are among our favorite places to ‘tour’ when traveling because we find local foods interesting. And sometimes the food isn’t always local, as we found out when we found ourselves standing before a display of Washington State apples.
|Apple display - Bangkok, Thailand|
The following week, in Phuket, Thailand, our third port of call, we’d sought shelter from the heat in a large retail complex which housed a large, very modern grocery store. Once again, we happened upon Washington State apples. Quite a selection as a matter of fact:
|Washington Apples - Phuket, Thailand|
|Asian apple display - Phuket, Thailand|
|Washington apples were everywhere in the Mumbai market|
The Commission reports that about 30% of the state’s apples are exported to 60 countries in the world!. We probably could have found them everywhere we stopped, had we taken the time to look!
Apple Country travel is close to Home
|Apple orchard above Manson at Lake Chelan|
The good news for those of us living in – or those visiting – Washington State is that apple country is easily reached within a few hours drive – no need to fly half-way around the world to find a great apple. Since wine country has co-mingled itself in the state’s orchard country, it is easy to follow Washington’s wine roads and find yourself in the midst of apple country as well.
|Apple orchard Yakima with Mount Adams in background|
Notice the similarities between the wine region and apple land maps below.
We’ll pay more attention to those apple trees the next time we take a Washington road trip – no telling where in the world we might find ourselves and those apples being harvested the next time!
Again thanks so much for the time you spent with us today.
Have you found a taste of home on your travels? If so, please share the story in the comments below.
Our Magic Carpet lands in Myanmar in our next post. Hope you’ll be here when it does. We are linking with Mosaic Monday so stop by there if you get a chance!
Until then, thanks to the Washington State Apple Commission for letting us reprint these fun facts about Washington’s apple crop:
Apple Crop Fun Facts
- 10 - 12 billion apples are handpicked in Washington State each year.
- Each Washington apple is picked by hand. There are no harvest machines to pick apples.
- If you put all of the Washington State apples picked in a year side-by-side, they would circle the earth 29 times.
- About 2,500 known varieties of apples are grown in the United States. More than 7,500 are grown worldwide.
- Last year, the average U.S. consumer ate 19 pounds of fresh apples.
- Red Delicious is the apple variety named as favorite by most consumers.
- Apples are the largest agricultural product grown in Washington State.
- Apples originated in Kazakhstan and were carried east by traders on the Silk Road.
- The only apple native to North America is the crabapple.
- Apple seeds are like people; you will never get the exact same type of apple from a planted seed.
- The Red Delicious apple began life as a chance seedling on an Iowa farm. A chance seedling is a viable apple variety that grows from a seed.