Fall is in the air! From the crunching of the leaves to the smell of hot mulled cider to visits to the pumpkin patch, it’s a great time of year for family fun and activity. While most can agree on a mutual love of autumn, we remain a nation divided on our favorite fall flavor: pumpkin or apple.
Who doesn’t love the savory yet subtly sweet flavor of pumpkin on a crisp October day? Then again, we also love the delicious refreshing taste of a freshly picked apple. So which flavor will be the ultimate fall favorite? Let the fall flavor face-off begin!
Apple Orchard vs. Pumpkin Patch
Who doesn’t love the thrill of visiting an idyllic mountain apple orchard like Carter’s Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, VA? You and your little ones can peruse different groves of apples and taste a variety of flavors. While apples are nutritious and delicious, apple cider doughnuts are another amazing part of apple orchards!
But a trip to the pumpkin patch, complete with a hayride can be equally amazing! Pumpkin picking is definitely easier- you can always select them at Trader Joe’s or another favorite grocery store, but even at great pumpkin patches like Hunt Club Farm, it’s relatively easy for kids to get a pumpkin from the ground. They usually have small ones for the littlest ones to take with them.
Fall Flavor of Pie: Apple Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie
What’s more American than apple pie? But what would Thanksgiving be without a classic pumpkin pie?
Apple pie is probably America’s favorite pie, and easy to see why since it can be so versatile. Add a little caramel crisp or cinnamon swirls for an extra fall flavor boost.
Pumpkin pies can be deliciously decadent, especially with that extra dollop of whipped cream! But overall, they usually have fewer calories than their appley counterparts.
Both taste delicious with vanilla ice cream, and either one in the oven will fill your house with the yummiest aroma. This might be the most equally-matched faceoff yet!
Fall Flavored Beverage: Pumpkin Spice Latte vs. Apple Cider
This category is another tough call. Apple cider is a little more of a universal crowd-pleaser. Little kids can drink it cold, or add some spices for an aromatic flavor-rich experience. Most of us like apple cider, but how many people say it’s their favorite drink.
Pumpkin spice lattes aren’t for everyone, but if you love it, you LOOOOOVE your pumpkin spice lattes or even pumpkin-flavored creamers if you can’t make it to Starbucks. Love of pumpkin spice lattes is almost a lifestyle for some fans.
So what should win: a beverage we can all get behind, but don’t get too excited about, or a drink that has become a consuming passion for the devoted followers?
Fall Decor: Statement Pumpkin vs. Understated Apple
In terms of durability and variety, pumpkins present a formidable challenge! You can carve them, put them outside in the rain, and they still look great! Like small-scale decorations? Then get a few gourds! Prefer a bigger impact? Buy a giant pumpkin!
A classic bowl of apples, though more delicate, looks beautiful year-round. An elegant clear bowl with granny smith apples adds a great color pop to an otherwise neutral room all year-round. But would you even want to see pumpkins in May?
So do you want year-round understated elegance or a strong seasonal statement?