25 Apple Facts:
- There are over 2,500 apple varieties grown in the United States.
- However, commercially there are only 100 varieties grown in the States.
- There are 75,000 varieties grown worldwide.
- If you ate one a day, it would take you more than 20 years to try every variety.
- Apples are believed to have originated in central Asia.
- U.S. is the second largest producer of the fruit in the world, following China. Poland, Italy and France round out the rest of the top apple production countries.
- While commercially the fruit is grown in 36 states, apples are grown in all 50 states.
- The top producing states include Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia.
- The apple blossom is Michigan’s state flower of Michigan.
- The average apple contains 10 seeds.
- The average orchard in the U.S. is about 50 aces, with the average tree filling 20 boxes weighing 42 pounds each and about 300 trees per acre, that’s a lot of apples.
- These fruit trees take four to five years to bear their first fruit.
- Apple trees can live for more than 100 years.
- It takes about 36 apples to make a gallon of apple cider.
- Apples come in all the shades of reds, yellows and greens, as well as a wide range of sizes.
- The top 10 varieties produced in the United States are Red Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Rome, Cripps Pink, and Empire.
- The crabapple is the only variety that is native to North America.
- The Lady apple is one of the oldest varieties still around today.
- Americans consume an average of 115 pounds of the fruit, either fresh or processed, per year.
- In 2015 the average American consumed about 1.6 gallons of apple juice, over 10 pounds of fresh apples, and over 3 pounds of canned, dried or frozen apples.
- About 67% of the fruit grown in the U.S. is for fresh consumption, while 33% is used for apple products, such as juices, applesauce, and slices.
- Roughly 1 in every 4 apples grown in the U.S. is exported to places like Mexico, Canada, India, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.
- The fresh fruit is also imported to help keep grocery shelves stocked before our fall harvest.
- It takes two pounds of apples to make one nine-inch pie.
- Apples float because 25 percent of their volume is made up by air.
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