A Dozen Facts About Apples That Might Surprise You!

Apple earth

1 – Apples originated in Central Asia

2 – Only crab apples are indigenous to North America.

3 – The apples we love to munch to keep those doctors at bay were brought to North America by colonists in the 17th century.

4 – The very first apple orchard in North America was planted in Boston by Reverend William Blaxton in 1625

Fall Apple Harvest

5 – There are more than 7500 known cultivars of apples and over 2500 are grown in North America but only 100 are grown commercially and typically a mere dozen or so are frequent fliers to our grocery stores. If you have a chance to buy from a small farm gate operation in orchard country put on the brakes, pull in and prepare for a culinary sensation!

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6 – The average person in North America eats 65 apples a year

Young man picking organic Apples into the Orchard.

7 – An average apple tree will produce 840 pounds of apples; enough to fill 20 standard size apple boxes.

8 – The largest apple ever harvested weighed 1.4 kilograms (three pounds)

9 – It takes just under one kilogram (two pounds) of apples to make one 23 centimeter (nine-inch) apple pie

10 – Two thirds of the fiber and many of the antioxidants are in the apple’s peel

Organic Apple - Isolated

11 – It takes the nutrients collected by ten leaves to produce one apple

12 – Apples are a member of the rose family

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holistic orchard

 

The Holistic Orchard is a great book for people interested in growing a few fruit trees and berry bushes in their backyard.