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!
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.
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.
Here's a Great Idea to use when packing a lunch or a picnic or a fruit tray -- for those who like to eat their apple in slices ... use a handy apple corer and slicer, and add a sprinkling of Fresh Fruit Protector to keep the slices from turning brown!