Apples Everywhere

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Apples Everywhere

 

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

Types of Apples



Shop Now

Share With Friends


0 comments

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published