National Agriculture Day is on 20 November this year and will highlight not only the great innovation of the sector but the extraordinary efforts of Australian farmers who, during COVID-19, have continued to grow the food and fibre that the nation depends on.
Friday 20 November is National Agriculture Day in Australia and the theme for this year is #AgDayAU Bake Off. The campaign encourages the baking of a classic Australian bake to share with friends, family, or even the wider community. Importantly, the day will highlight the extraordinary efforts of Australian farmers who, during COVID-19, have continued to grow the food and fibre that the nation depends on. It is through this campaign that we place a spotlight on great innovation and new industries developing in this important sector.
In Western Australia, our agricultural achievements certainly deserve to be showcased. Not only have we developed a new variety of the superfood quinoa (which also happens to be Australia’s first open access, locally-bred quinoa variety – more on that here) but we have also developed some of the world’s healthiest apples.
WA breeds outstanding apple varietals with the State’s Pink Lady and the more recent BRAVOTM apples known worldwide for their great taste but now WA can claim to have grown some of the healthiest apples you can get too.
In a study conducted by Edith Cowan University, 91 apple varieties were analysed to determine their polyphenol content, which are natural compounds linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It was found that the Pink Lady variety contained the most polyphenols. No peeling here though, to get the full benefit you will need to eat the skin too, where more than half of the polyphenols across all varietals, were found.
The research will hopefully provide the information needed to breed new and even healthier apples in future.
Why not get your apple-a-day and join in with #AgDayAu Bake off, with this Pink Lady Apple Pie?
Make sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page for pictures of bakes from our London Team inspired by WA produce and Australian classic bakes.