Apple Facts

· There are 7500 varieties of apples are grown in the world, 2500 of those in the United States, of which 100 are grown commercially. The ‘Delicious’ is the most widely grown in the US.
· Apples are grown in all 50 states and commercially in 36 states. The top producing state is Washington.
· US consumers eat an average of 45.5 pounds of apples, 19.6 pounds of those are eaten fresh.
· 39 percent of apples are processed into apple products; 21 percent of this is for juice and cider.
· Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
· A medium apple has about 80 calories and 5 grams of fiber.
· The pilgrims planted the first US 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 and most are still picked by hand in the fall. The average tree will fill twenty 42 pound boxes.
· Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.
· The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspin and the Black Sea.
· Apples are a member of the rose family.
· Apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
· The largest apple on record weighed three pounds
· Some apple trees will grown over forty feet high and live over a hundred years.
· Apples are the second most valuable fruit grown in the United States. Oranges are first.
· The Lady or Api apple is one of the oldest varieties in existence.
· In 1730 the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.
· 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.