How Do You Like Them Apples?
Fall is on its way, and that means prime Apple Season (October is National Apple Month)! Apples are grown in every state in the continental United States. Top-producing states include Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia.
Here are ten interesting facts you probably didn’t know about apples, the quintessential American fruit (after all, the phrase isn’t “as American as pumpkin pie…”)!
More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the USA, but only the crab apple is native to North America.
Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.
Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
Apples ripen 6 to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.
Apples are a member of the rose family.
The top apple producers around the world are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy. Apples account for 50 percent of international deciduous fruit tree production.
A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
And of course there are the wonderful creations one can do in the kitchen with apples!
For a great-tasting Apple Crisp dessert recipe, click here.
Tastes best when served warm and topped with vanilla ice
Or here’s a recipe from the Food Network Kitchens for a delicious apple pie.
United States Apple Association