Do you like apples?
Here are some cool apple trivia facts:
- There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples!
- Most apples trees came from Europe. The only apple native to North America is the sour Crabapple.
- Washington is the #1 producer of apples in the U.S.
- An Apple tree can grow up to 40 feet high.
- The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and Black seas.
- An apple is about 25% air, which is why you can bob for apples because they float.
- The largest apple ever picked was three pounds!
- European settlers brought apple seeds with them in the 1600s.
- McIntosh Apples were discovered in the late 1700’s by Canadian John McIntosh.
- Apple trees can typically live over 100 years, and some have been known to live for 200 years.
- The average person in the U.S. eats about 19 pounds of fresh apples a year, or around one apple per week.
- Bobbing for apples began as a Celtic New Year tradition to try to determine one’s future husband or wife!
- In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it was her acceptance.
- To keep potatoes fresh and prevent sprouting, you can put an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
- Is your apple ripe to eat? Cut open an apple. Brown seeds (not pale) and white flesh indicate a ripe apple.
- Apples are fat free, and a great source of fiber.
- Apples have been found to reduce the risk of a stroke.
- Apples protect and enhance heart muscle. They also decrease tumor growth and incidence of cancer.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- President George Washington, pruned apple trees in his spare time.
- There are over 7,500 varieties of apples!
What is your favorite apple? Do you know any other cool apple trivia? Please comment below.