Looking for apple facts? This is where your search ends! In this article on apple facts, we will cover a lot of interesting information ranging from lesser-known facts to common nutrition facts.
Whether you need apple facts for your school homework or for a quiz competition, this facts sheet is just the one you will need.
There are 66 amazing facts that will leave you perplexed. So, what are you waiting for? Dig in!
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1. China is the leading producer of apples in this world.
2. Central Asia is the place where apple tree first originated.
3. The common method of pollinating apple trees is to use honey bees.
4. On an average, a single apple contains approximately 130 calories.
5. 2010 was the year when the entire apple genome was decoded.
6. European settlers were the people who introduced apples to North America.
7. An average apple tree harvest can fill up 20 boxes. Each box of apples will weigh no more than 42 pounds.
8. It takes about 4 or 5 years for an apple tree for producing first set of apples.
10. Rose family is the family in which the apples belong.
11. Despite amazing advancements in technology, apples are mostly handpicked from trees.
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12. Apples come in three shades – yellow, green and red.
13. Pomology is the technical term used to describe apple-growing science.
14. A gallon of apple cider requires 36 apples for production.
15. Apples float in water. The reason is that 25% of the total volume of an apple is made of air.
16. In an apple tree, energy of 50 leaves combined produces a single apple.
17. Apples have been around for quite a long time. Archeological evidences show their presence since 6500 BCE.
18. In room temperature apples are known to ripen 6-10 times faster compared to when refrigerated.
19. Peeling and eating apple is the incorrect way of eating an apple. Most of the antioxidants and 2/3rd of the fiber in an apple comes from its peel.
20. There are 7,500 different varieties of apples that are grown all over the world.
21. The Chinese word for apple is ‘ping’. This word also means peace.
22. In Canada there is a national apple. Its name is McIntosh.
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23. Apple is not a good source of calcium, but is still good for bones. This is because they have boron in them.
24. Boron content in apple is high. Apart from helping bones, it also helps to improve brain’s electrical activity.
25. Boron in apple also improves mental awareness and memory in humans.
26. Menopausal women should eat apples more frequently. This is because apples help to boost estrogen levels in such women.
28. Apple is a good source of antioxidants like procyanidin B2, epicatechin and quercetin. These antioxidants are known for combating harmful effects of free radicals in body.
29. Apple also contains beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Beta-carotene fulfills the need of Vitamin A and helps to combat many diseases such as cataract, epilepsy, depression, cancer.
30. Vitamin C in apple is very important because this vitamin is known to protect body against infections. Also, it is an antioxidant, and hence, scavenges free radicals that are pro-inflammatory and harmful.
31. Another one of interesting apple facts is that it is a good source of vitamins B-Complex. Examples of such vitamins are pyridoxine, thiamin, riboflavin etc.
32. The B-Complex vitamins present in apples help with various synthetic functions in human body.
33. The B-Complex vitamins present in apples also work as enzymes’ co-factors and helps with body’s metabolic activities.
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34. Apples are rich in fiber content. The dietary fiber in apples help to prevent bad cholesterol consumption in stomach.
35. This dietary fiber present in apple also binds chemicals that cause cancer inside the colon. This saves the mucus membrane of the colon from getting exposed to toxic substances.
36. Apples are also good sources of tartaric acid. This acid gives the apples their typical tart flavor. Tartaric acid helps to improve immunity in body.
37. Tartaric acid is also known for fighting flatulence. It also helps to aid digestion.
38. Tartaric acid in apples improves intestinal absorption and at the same time improve nutrient flow rate into bloodstream.
39. Some people are glucose intolerant. The tartaric acid in apple helps to improve glucose tolerance in them.
40. The dietary fiber present in apples also helps to prevent the formation of gallstones. Gallstones are formed because of too much cholesterol in bile.
41. The fear of apples is known as Malusdomesticaphobia.
42. North America has only one native apple. It is known as the Crabapple.
43. Michigan’s state flower is…guess, guess… you can’t? It is apple blossom.
44. Of the total 7,500 apple variants grown worldwide, 2,500 variants are grown in USA.
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45. Of the 2,500 variants, only 100 variants are produced for commercial purpose!
46. Apples are grown in all 50 American states.
47. As we said, there are many varieties of apples and their sizes differ too. The smallest is the size of a grape. The largest is of the size of grapefruit.
48. 3 pounds is the weight of the largest apple that was ever picked!
49. The only reason apples can grow farther north is that they prevent frost damage. Why so? Because apples blossom in late spring and are harvested in autumn.
50. The typical size of an apple orchard in America is 50 acres.
51. In United States, apple is the second most valuable fruit. What is the first one? The oranges!
52. 1998 saw the largest apple crop in USA. Total harvest was 277.3 million cartons.
53. United States ranks second in apple production worldwide. The first position is taken by China. Third, fourth and fifth positions are taken respectively by Turkey, Poland and Italy.
54. The first apple nursery to be opened in USA was in 1730. It was in New York’s Flushing.
55. Pruning or trimming his apple trees was the hobby of George Washington.
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56. The longest-lived apple tree of USA was planted in 1647. It was hit by a derailed train in 1866 and died. Till then it was still bearing fruits. The tree was in Manhattan Orchard of Peter Stuyvesant.
57. New York and Washington are the two top apple producing states of USA.
58. USA has an apple promotion month and is known as National Apple Month. It started off as National Apple Week in 1904 but later was expanded to 3 weeks and the window is from September to November.
59. Goldrush Apple became Illinois’s state fruit in 2007 on 21st
60. Many apple orchards make use of dwarf apple trees. The reason is easy maintenance and harvest.
61. Apple helps to whiten teeth because it contains malic acid – the same chemical used in products designed for teeth whitening.
62. There are 10 seeds on an average in a typical apple.
63. Apple seeds contain cyanide. Don’t worry! Consuming apple seeds will not kill you because the body is capable of metabolizing small amounts of cyanide. To die eating apple seeds, you need to eat a lot of apple seeds…a lot!
64. The most widely grown apple variety in USA is Red Delicious. The other two popular variants are Granny Smith and Golden Delicious.
65. A typical apple tree can live for over 100 years.
66. After apples are harvested, natural wax is applied on them for two reasons. First, it makes them look shinier and second, it prevents bacterial growth too. Also, the wax prevents quick ripening.