Apples are a fruit that’s around for every season. There are always many varieties out at most markets around the United States. Not like summer fruits such as peaches or other stone fruits, apples are always in season. They become most popular here on Long Island in the autumn months. You
can go apple picking all over the island. Especially on the east end. How many recipes can you think of that’s made with the ever popular and delicious apple? First that comes to mind is “Apple Pie”. Please check out all our delectable apple recipes. You pick your favorite. They are all great! Now, here’s some interesting tips and facts about this special fruit.
Fun Facts About Apples
- There are more than 2,500 of variety of apples grown in the United States.
- A large apple tree can take 8 to 10 years to produce it’s first fruit, a small tree usually 3 to 5 years.
- Apples are in the rose family.
- The top apple producers around the world are: China, United States, Poland, Turkey and Italy.
- It takes about 35 apples to produce 1 gallon of apple cider.
- Variety of apples range in size from a little larger than a cherry tomato to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds!
- Apples are a good source of fiber.
- A medium apple such as a Gala apple has about 5 grams of fiber and only about 80 calories. Does not contain any fat, sodium or cholesterol.
- One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
- A peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds, a bushel weighs, 42 pounds.
- Apples ripen or soften ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
- Newton Pippin apples were the first apples exported from America in 1768, some were sent to Benjamin Franklin in London.
- The largest U.S. apple crop was 277.3 million bushels, harvested in 1998.
- It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
- Apple trees can be grown farther north than other fruit trees because they bloom late in spring, minimizing the chance of frost damage.