Be sure to eat one a day and keep the doctor away during National Apple Month.

Apples are a big favorite in this country, especially in the form of pie!  In fact, apple pie has become known as a symbol of American prosperity and national pride.  October is National Apple Month, so what better way to celebrate the apple then by eating them!

Here are some fun facts about our favorite fruit to get you ready for National Apple Month!

  • 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the U.S. and 7,500 worldwide.
  • Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
  • The annual apple crop grown in 35 states averages over 200 million bushels.
  • The average U.S. consumer eats 19 pounds of fresh apples every year, that’s about one every week.
  • The science of apple growing is called pomology.
  • The word apple has five letters. Apple blossoms have five petals.  The blossoms form in clusters of five.  The star you see when you cut into an apple is from the five seed cavities.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • Apples were introduced to the New York area in the 1600’s by European settlers who brought seeds with them.
  • The apple that hit Sir Isaac Newton on the head is believed to be the Flower of Kent variety.
  • Washington state produces more apples than any other in the country.

 

National Apple Month

Have you had your apple today?

 

 

Sources:  http://www.knouse.com/AllAboutApples/AppleTrivia.aspx

http://www.foodreference.com/html/fapples.html

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