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Fun Facts and Interesting Information About Apples

Here is a collection of Apple trivia and fun facts:

  • There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples worldwide. About 2500 varieties exist in the U.S.

  • The only apple native to North America is the Crabapple.

  • 100 apple varieties are grown commercially in the U.S. Just15 of those varieties makeup 90% of total production. They are Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Fuji.

  • U.S. apple production in 2009 was 19.1 million pounds.

  • Washington is the #1 producer of apples in the U.S., accounting for over 1/2 of the apple production. New York State is #2.

  • An Apple tree can grow up to 40 feet high.

  • The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and Black seas.

  • An apple floats, because over 25% of its volume is air.

  • The science of apple growing is called pomology.

  • The largest apple ever picked tipped the scales at an amazing three pounds!

  • European settlers brought apple seeds with them in the 1600s.

  • McIntosh Apples were discovered in the late 1700s by Canadian John McIntosh.

  • Johnny Appleseed Day is March 11th. Or, is it September 26th? Find out

  • John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was a nurseryman who planted apple orchards in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

  • The number five is a magical number for apples. The word “Apples’ has five letters. Apple blossoms typically form in clusters of five, and apple blossoms have five petals.

  • Apple trees can typically live over 100 years and have been known to live for 200 years.

  • The average person in the U.S. eats about 19 pounds of fresh apples a year, about one apple per week.

  • According to Celtic myth, apples were from another world. Otherworldly women believed to carry off heroes found sleeping beneath apple trees.

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Even More Apple Trivia

  • The game of bobbing for apples began as a Celtic New Year tradition, to try to determine one’s, a future spouse.

  • In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it was her acceptance.

  • To keep potatoes fresh and prevent sprouting, put an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

  • Is your apple are ripe? Cut open an apple. Brown seeds (not pale), and white flesh indicate a ripe apple.

  • Apples are fat-free, and a great source of fiber.

  • They reduce the risk of a stroke.

  • 35% of Americans admit to having apple pie for breakfast.
  • Apples protect and enhance heart muscle. They also decrease tumor growth and the incidence of cancer.

  • Apples are a member of the rose family.

  • President George Washington pruned apple trees in his spare time.

  • In Colonial times, the apple was better known as a “winter banana” or “melt-in-the-mouth.”

  • A bushel of apples can produce 20-24 quarts of applesauce.

  • Geoffrey Chaucer is attributed as the author behind the saying, “One bad apple spoils the bunch.”

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