Looking for Apple Facts in 2017? Scroll down this page and follow the links.
And if you bring home some fruit or vegetables and want to can, freeze, make
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Notes for August 2017: Blueberries and peaches are
going still in northern and cooler areas, but are mostly finished in the Deep
South. Blackberries, figs, and raspberries are in season now. Tomatoes are
going strong, although the crop is way diminished in rainy areas like the
southeast. Strawberries are finished, except in the far north, and if the
farm planted Day Neutral varieties. Early apples, like Gala, are about to start!
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are eaten fresh, cooked, canned, frozen and made into many tasty
and healthy dishes. Apples are fat-free, low sodium, and cholesterol-free. A bushel
weighs between 42 and 48 lbs. A medium apple
has about 80 calories. Apples originated in the Middle East (in an area between
the Caspin and the Black Sea) more than 4000 years ago! They were the favorite
fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans. Apples arrived in England at around the time
of the Norman conquest (in 1066) and English settlers brought them to America in
the 1600 and 1700's. Only the crabapple is native to North America. Johnny Appleseed did really exist; his name was John
Chapman, and he was born on September 26,1774 near Leominster, Massachusetts.
more about Johnny Appleseed, see this page!)
More Apple Facts and Fun!
- A bushel of apples typically weighs between 42 and 48 lbs.
- Apples are grown commercially in 36 states.
- Apples are grown in all 50 states.
- Europeans eat about 46 pounds of apples annually.
- United States consumers ate an average of 45.2 pounds of fresh apples
and processed apple products. That's a lot of applesauce!
- 61 percent of United States apples are eaten as fresh fruit.
- 39 percent of apples are processed into apple products; 21 percent of
this is for juice and cider.
- The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Michigan,
California, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which produced over 83 percent of the
nation's 2001-crop apple supply.
- Apples are a great source of the fiber pectin. One apple has five grams
- In 2001 there were 8,000 apple growers with orchards covering 430,200
acres. (don't know how many of those are PYO).
- The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the
Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit, but
you normally buy 2 or 3 year plants at the nursery, so it's only 2 years
till they produce!
- Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.
- Did you know you can carve an apple to make a doll? Weird, but true and
they look neat!
See this website for how to make one yourself!
- Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as
large as a grapefruit.
- In Europe, France, Italy and Germany are the leading apple producing
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- Apples harvested from an average tree can fill 20 bushel boxes that
weigh 42 pounds each.
- 25 percent of an apple's volume is air. That is why they float.
- It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
- Apples are the second most valuable fruit grown in the United States.
Oranges are first.
- In colonial time apples were called winter banana or melt-in-the-mouth.
- China is the leading producer of apples with over 1.2 billion bushels
grown in 2001. The U.S. is number 2 and then Turkey, Poland and Italy.
- Newton Pippin apples were the first apples exported from America in
1768, some were sent to Benjamin Franklin in London.
- One of George Washington's hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
- America's longest-lived apple tree was reportedly planted in 1647 by
Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard and was still bearing fruit when a
derailed train struck it in 1866.
- A bushel of apples weights about 42 pounds (up to 48 lbs) and will yield
12 to 15 quarts of applesauce.
- It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
It's all about the variety!
Of the apple, that is. There are
- 2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States.
- 7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.
- About 100 different varieties of apples are grown commercially in the
You really need to choose the type of apple that is
best suited for your purpose. Apples can be suited for eating fresh,
cooking, baking, applesauce, storing, etc. I have a fairly extensive
guide to apple varieties here!
The top ten apple varieties currently grown in the United
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Granny Smith
- Cripps Pink
Apple nutrition facts
Nutrition and miscellaneous facts: One-half
cup of apples is only 42 calories. Apples contain no cholesterol or fat and
are also low in calories. T Apples are high in dietary fiber, Vitamin A and
niacin. They contain iron and other trace minerals and are a fair source of
Apples are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity compared with 40
other commercially available fruits and vegetables. That means a serving of
apples has more of the antioxidant power you need to fight aging, cancer and
Put this in your pipe! Indians in the Northwest Territory smoked wild
apples to preserve them for the winter. (Bet you didn't know that!)
Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions
Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions
- Apple pie recipe and directions and
illustrated! I can say, with, ahem, no bias at all, that this is the
best apple pie recipe in the world! (Alright, I did have an apple strudel in
Vienna once at that place listed in Fodors that was REALLY good, but that
wasn't a pie, was it? And since this was the recipe my grandmother used, it
must be great!)
- How to make applesauce for
a single meal (not canning it) with NO special equipment
Apple crunch - best of all! Moist, low sugar and using oats!
Apple crisp - ever-popular, low sugar and using oats!
Apple, blackberry, cherry, and/or peach cobbler
Apple-blackberry, crumble - a English favorite (or favourite)
Current Season (2017) Apple News
U.S. Apple Association's estimate of the size of the 2014 United States
apple crop is 263.8 million bushels. The USDA's August 12th estimate was for
259.2 million bushels.
See this page for much more
detailed information about the apple crop and apple production trends.
Apples-Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent
Here is a list of major apple
in the U.S., Britain, Australia and other countries. If you
know of any more, please write me!