- Apples come in all shades of reds,
- Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch
- Apple blossom is the state flower of
- 2500 varieties of apples are grown in
the United States.
- 7500 varieties of apples are grown
throughout the world.
- 100 varieties of apples are grown
commercially in the United States.
- Apples are grown commercially in 36
- Apples are grown in all 50 states.
- United States consumers eat an average
of 45.5 pounds of apples. That's a lot of applesauce!
- 61 percent of United States apples are
eaten as fresh fruit.
- 39 percent of apples are processed into
apple products; 21 percent of this is for juice and cider.
- The top apple producing states are
Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia,
which will produce over 83 percent of the nations 2001-crop apple
- Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol
- A medium apples is about 80 calories.
- Apples are a great source of the fiber
pectin. One apple has five grams of fiber.
- In 1997 there were 9,000 apple growers
with orchards covering 453,200 acres.
- The pilgrims planted the first United
States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- The science of apple growing is called
- Apple trees take four to five years to
produce their first fruit.
- Most apples are still picked by hand in
- Apple varieties range in size from a
little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.
- Apples are propagated by two methods:
grafting or budding.
- The apple variety Delicious' is the
most widely grown in the United States.
- In Europe, France, Italy and Germany are
the leading apple producing countries.
- The apple tree originated in an area
between the Caspin and the Black Sea.
- Apples were the favorite fruit of
ancient Greeks and Romans.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- Apples harvested from an average tree
can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.
- Americans eat 19.6 pounds or about 65
fresh apples every year.
- 25 percent of an apple's volume is air.
That is why they float.
- The largest apple picked weighed three
- Europeans eat about 46 pounds of apples
- The average size of a United States
orchard is 50 acres.
- Many growers use dwarf apple trees.
- Charred apples have been found in
prehistoric dwellings in Switzerland.
- Most apple blossoms are pink when they
open but gradually fade to white.
- Some apple trees will grown over forty
feet high and live over a hundred years.
- Most apples can be grown farther north
than most other fruits because they blossom late in spring, minimizing
- 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 colonial time apples were called
winter banana or melt-in-the-mouth.
- United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) forecasts the 2000 apple crop to be at 254.2 million 42 pound
- Total apple production in 1999 was 252
million cartons valued at $1.5 billion.
- The largest U. S. apple crop was 277.3
million cartons in 1998.
- In 1999 the People's Republic of China
led the world in apple production followed by the United States.
- The Lady or Api apple is one of the
oldest varieties in existence.
- Newton Pippin apples were the first
apples exported from America in 1768, some were sent to Benjamin
Franklin in London.
- In 1730 the first apple nursery was
opened in Flushing, New York.
- One of George Washington's hobbies was
pruning his apple trees.
- America's longest-lived apple tree was
reportedly planted in 1647 by Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard
and was still bearing fruit when a derailed train struck it in 1866.
- Apples ripen six to ten times faster at
room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
- A peck of apples weight 10.5 pounds.
- A bushel of apples weights about 42
pounds and will yield 20-24 quarts of applesauce.
- Archeologists have found evidence that
humans have been enjoying apples since lat least 6500 B.C.