Fall is here, and the season not only delivers crisp autumn air but also crisp autumn treats. Just in time for the change of seasons, here are a few fun facts about the nutritious and delicious fall staple.

Apple Facts

  • The crabapple is the only apple native to North America.
  • Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.
  • 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States.
  • 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.
  • 100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in the United States.
  • Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
  • A medium apple is about 80 calories.
  • Apples are a great source of the fiber pectin. One apple has five grams of fiber.
  • The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • The science of apple growing is called pomology.
  • Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
  • Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.
  • The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.
  • Apples were the favorite fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • Charred apples have been found in prehistoric dwellings in Switzerland.
  • It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
  • Apples are the second most valuable fruit grown in the United States. Oranges are first.
  • In 1730, the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.
  • One of George Washington's hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
  • Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
  • Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since at least 6500 B.C.
  • It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
  • Apples account for 50 percent of the world's deciduous fruit tree production.
  • Don't peel your apple. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Antioxidants help to reduce damage to cells, which can trigger some diseases.
  • The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Michigan,Pennsylvania, California and Virginia.
  • Almost one out of every four apples harvested in the United States is exported.
  • The apple variety ‘Red Delicious' is the most widely grown in the United States with 62 million bushels harvested in 2005.
  • Many apples after harvesting and cleaning have commercial grade wax applied. Waxes are made from natural ingredients.

Source: University of Illinois Apple Facts.

Choosing the Best Apple

Thanks to recipetips.com we have a chart below that can be used as a quick reference when deciding which apple will be best for your particular needs. You can find the full post here: http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tips/t--1299/all-about-apples.asp

Apple Chart Bellisari's