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Apples are a fruit. Apples belong to the "rose" family. Apples come in almost every shade of red, green and yellow. The size of apples varies from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.
There are reportedly 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States of America. There are reportedly 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world.
GO to Apple Types/Varieties Apples are a fruit that is grown in all 50 States in the United States of America. The Pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. An average size apple contains about 80 calories.
Apples are a good source of flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. It is believed that most of this compound in apples is found in the peel. It is beneficial to your health to eat apples without peeling off the apple skin. Apples are nutritious, providing a good source of a natural energy, containing natural carbohydrate, Vitamin C and potassium and boron. Eating Apples provides a good way to increase dietary fibre, in fact, an average size apple is said to contain more fibre than a bowl of oatmeal or most cold cereals!
GO to Apple Nutritional Information and Health Benefits " An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away " is a common cliché, used only in reference to apples, and not any other fruit.
Apple trees are propagated by either grafting or budding. Many apple growers grow "dwarf" apple trees. An apple tree takes about four to five years to produce fruit. Most apples are hand-picked to harvest. Many apple growers provide for consumers who wish to " pick their own apples". Picking apples on a clear, sunny, fall day is one of life's simple pleasures. It is becoming increasingly common for families to include picking their own fruit as a family outing. Most apple blossoms (flowers), are pink when they open, and then gradually fade to white. Some apple trees live over 100 years, and grow over 40 feet high.
Apples have five "seed pockets" or "carpels". Each pocket contains seeds. The vigor and health of the apple tree will determine the actual number of seeds per carpel. The number of seeds also varies according to the type/variety of apple. Apples that are not stored in a refrigerator ripen up to ten times faster that apples stored at room temperature.
GO to Storing Apples A peck of apples weighs about 10 1/2 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds. A bushel of apples will make about 2 dozen litres of applesauce. A gallon of apple cider is made from about 36 apples.
Many apples purchased in grocery stores have a commercial grade wax applied. Most waxes are made from natural ingredients. Apples are very versatile and can be baked into delectable apple pies, apple crisps, apple crumbles, apple muffins, apple tarts, apple breads, apple cakes, and more! Apples can also be used in dinner recipes with chicken and other meats, or included as a side dish of apple salad. Apples slices can be stored by drying/dehydrating apples, by freezing apples, or by making applesauce or apple cider. Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert. The popular folk character in early nineteenth-century America, Johnny Appleseed, (whose real name was John Chapman), had established apple trees over 100,000 square miles of territory by the time of his death in 1847. Just as there are Strawberry Festivals, Rhubarb Festivals, Raspberry Festivals, and Peach Festivals, there are many Apple Festivals celebrated throughout the world in honour of the Apple.
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