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Apple Fun Facts

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We know that you are quite familiar with the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what else do you know about the humble apple?

To help you appreciate just how incredible the fruit that has been dubbed “nature’s perfect snack,” is, we wanted to share some amazing apple facts with you.

  • Apple trees take 4-5 years to produce their first fruit. A standard size apple tree starts bearing fruit 8-10 years after it is planted. A dwarf tree starts bearing fruit in 3-5 years.
  • Apples will ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
  • It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
  • There are more than 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States, and they come in all shades of red, green and yellow.
  • The science of apple growing is called pomology.
  • Bobbing for apples? 25% of an apples volume is air, which is why they float.
  • Pilgrims planted the first U.S. apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually transform into white.
  • It takes the energy of 50 leaves to produce one apple.
  • One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
  • Most apples are still picked by hand.
  • Apples come in all sizes from just a bit bigger than a cherry to about the same size as a grapefruit.
  • The largest apple ever picked weighed in at 3 pounds 2 ounces.
  • Johnny Appleseed (real name John Chapman) was yes, a real person, and yes, he planted apple trees all over parts of the United States, and he wasn’t poor. Back then, land could be claimed if you created a permanent homestead, and one of the ways to do that was to plant 50 trees to start an orchard. Chapman planted trees, and then later would sell “his” land to people.
  • Apples contain 0 grams of fat or sodium and have no cholesterol.
  •  At 4 grams per average size apple, they are an excellent source of fiber.
  • Apples are members of the rose family.
  • Thanks to their high levels of boron, apples can help improve your memory, mental alertness, and electrical activity of the brain.
  • The average person eats 65 apples a year.
  • Most of the antioxidants found in apples, including quercetin, are located in the skin.
  • The most popular varieties of apples in the US are the Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and the Granny Smith.
  • Apple trees can live to be about 100 years old.
  • In the Chinese culture, the word for apples is pronounced as ‘ping’ which also stands for peace. This is why apples are a favorite gift to give when visiting someone in China.
  • The average apple has 10 seeds.
  • Freshly pressed apple juice immediately turns brown upon contact with air because of oxidation.
  • A nifty trick to prevent fresh apple juice from turning brown is to add a few squeezes of lemon juice or lime juice. This helps prevent oxidation.
  • Apples are one of the most popular juices taken with breakfast in the United States.
  • People who love apples are said to be outspoken, charismatic and enthusiastic.
  • The fear of apples is known as Malusdomesticaphobia. This phobia gets its name from the scientific name of apples, which is Malus domestica in the Rose family (Rosaceae).
  • A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
  • 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.