An Apple a Day…
Fall is here! Apples are a staple of the season. Here are some apple facts from the New York Apple Association:
- Pilgrims planted the first U.S. apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
- It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
- Apples are a member of the rose family of plants, along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
- Most apples are still picked by hand.
- Apples are the second most-valuable fruit grown in the United States; oranges are the first. (Source: USDA Economic Research Service)
- Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since 6500 BC.
- Newton Pippin apples were the first apples exported from America in 1768, some were sent to Benjamin Franklin in London.
- Americans eat more apples per capita than any other fruit (fresh and processed combined). In 2012-13, Americans ate an average of 15.9 pounds of fresh apples, and 28.4 pounds of processed apples (juice, cider, sauce, etc.), for a combined total of 44.3 pounds. (Source: USDA Economic Research Service)
- At last count, more than 7,500 apple varieties have been identified worldwide; more than 2,500 varieties are grown in the United States – 100 of which are grown for commercial sale.
“Keep an eye out for heirloom apples this season! Heirloom plant species are vegetables, flowers, and fruits grown from seeds that are passed down from generation to generation,” says Barbara Richardson, horticulturist with the National Gardening Association. Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated, meaning they rely on natural pollination from insects or the wind. Heirloom apples “may look funky, but tastes fantastic, with flavors unlike any you’ve tried before,” according to NPR.
Celebrate this fall season with all your favorite apple recipes!