Imagine: you’re bobbing for apples during a crisp Halloween night, baking a warm homemade apple pie to perfection for the fourth of July, or decorating a towering Christmas tree with DIY apple garland. Clearly, apples are versatile and can be used timelessly.
At Apeel, we appreciate the classic fruit greatly, shown in our shelf-extending technology that cuts waste in the organic apple supply chain. The result is crisper, juicier apples with the added benefit of a lower carbon footprint.
In honor of these tart delights that are one of the most widely-grown fruits, we’ve compiled our favorite list of quick & unique facts about apples.
- Apple trees take 4-5 years to produce their first fruit. Patience is a virtue! [Iowa State University Horticulture]
- Historically, pilgrims planted the very first United States apple trees around 1630 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. [California Apple Commission]
- 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States while 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world. [Iowa State University Library]
- Looking for pearly whites? Well, apples’ fleshy fiber helps scrub your teeth, gums, and tongue. [Michigan State University]
- The beloved apple pie we bake for the Fourth of July is actually not American, but European. The very first recipe for apple pie originated in England hundreds of years ago. [Parlee Farms]
- Don’t like eating the skin of the apple? Well, you might want to reconsider. Disposing of the skin of the apple eliminates a lot of the essential fiber and antioxidants that are beneficial to your health. [Harvard School of Public Health)
- Ever wondered why apples float in water? Around 25% of an apple’s volume is actually air, giving way to the beloved pastime of bobbing for apples. [Wall Street Journal]
- Apples are a subfamily within the Rose family. Who knew? [Smithsonian Gardens]
- Johnny Appleseed truly lived up to his name! The outdoorsman was a real person who traveled and planted acres of apple orchards along America’s frontier, which were mostly used for production of hard apple cider. [Smithsonian Magazine]
- Apples are classified as pome fruits, meaning “fleshy fruits.” The science of apple growing is also called pomology. Who would've guessed? [Knouse Foods]
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