All About Apple Fruit
Apples are some of the most popular and delicious fruits on the planet. The health benefits of apples include prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, heart disorders, stomach disorders, gallstones, constipation, liver disorders, anemia, and diabetes.
Apple Fruit Benefits
- More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple 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 six 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 harvested from an average tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.
- 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.
- The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.
- Charred apples have been found in prehistoric dwellings in Switzerland.
- 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.
- The Lady or Api apple is one of the oldest varieties in existence.
- Archeologists have found evidence that humans have enjoyed apples since at least 6500 B.C.
- Apples were the favorite fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans.
- The Pilgrims planted the first U.S. apple trees, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- The world’s largest apple peel was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on Oct. 16, 1976, in Rochester, New York. It was 172 feet, 4 inches long (52 meters). She was 16 years old at the time and grew up to be a sales manager for an apple tree nursery.
- National Apple Month is the only national, generic apple promotion conducted in the United States. Originally founded in 1904 as National Apple Week, it was expanded in 1996 to a three-month promotional window from September through November.
- The apple is the state fruit of Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.
- The science of apple growing is called pomology.
- Apples are members of the rose family.
- The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 lbs. (1.4 kg).
- Apples have five seed pockets or carpels. Each pocket contains seeds. The vigor and health of the plant determines the number of seeds per carpel. Different varieties of apples have a different number of seeds.
- Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than when refrigerated.
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.17 g||0.5%|
|Dietary Fiber||2.40 g||6%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.061 mg||1%|
|Vitamin A||54 IU||2%|
|Vitamin C||4.6 mg||8%|
|Vitamin E||0.18 mg||1%|
|Vitamin K||2.2 µg||2%|