Apples are among those fruits that are intimately familiar to most people around the world because they are so prevalent in just about every geographic location on planet earth. You may think that you know apples well but I’m willing to bet that you don’t know the following fun facts about them:

  • Do you love roses? Do you occasionally stop to smell them? Well, apples are members of the rose family.
  • Did you ever visit an apple orchid? Did you think that it had always been there? The fact is that scientists have discovered that the very first apple tree comes from an East European region between the Black and Caspian Seas.
  • You so much enjoy your apples today but so did ancient civilizations that date back to 6500 B.C. Yes, that’s true and archeologists have found concrete evidence to prove it.
  • The most common apples are about the size of an average adult fist. However, they can also be as small as cherries and as large as grapefruits and everything in between those two extremes.
  • Apples are available in enough distinct flavors to please just about everyone’s palate. Besides being sweet, tangy or sour, some apple varieties taste like cinnamon, cloves, citrus, pears, coconuts, pineapples, grapes or strawberries.
  • At best, the average person is familiar with 5 or 6 varieties of apples. However, there are more than 7,000 known varieties of apples around the world.
  • Cores of all apples have five pockets or carpels that hold the seeds. The number of seeds within each pocket depends on the health and vigor of the fruit and on the variety.
  • In spite of your best horticultural efforts, planting an apple seed of a particular variety will not result in a tree that produces the same variety. That is due to the fact that the seed in question is a cross between the tree from which it had been picked and the tree it was pollinated with.
  • Healthy apple trees are abundant with leaves because it takes about 50 leaves to produce enough energy to grow a single fruit.
  • Because apples ripen up to ten times faster at room temperatures, for longer storage they should be kept refrigerated.
  • The following U.S. states have made the apple their official symbol: New York, Rhode Island, Washington and West Virginia.
  • The apple blossom which is also known as Pyrus coronaria is the official state flower of Michigan and Arkansas.
  • You must have heard the following old saying a million times: “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” But do you know where it came from? The origins of this saying date back to the following Old English proverb, “To eat an apple before going to bed, will make the doctor beg his bread.”
  • Fresh apples are buoyant (capable of floating) because at least 25% of their total volume consists of air.
  • Statistics show that the average consumer in the United States eats approximately 45 pounds of apples every year while the average European consumer eats 46 pounds of apples in the same time span.
  • During 2002 in the United States:
    + 60% of the entire national apple crop had been eaten fresh
    + 39% of the entire national apple crop had been processed into various apple products
    + 1% of the entire national apple crop never made it to the market place
    + 18% of the processed apples were turned to juice and cider
    + 3% of the processed apples were dried
    + 2% of the processed apples were canned
    + The remaining 77% of the processed apples were used in products that include baby food, apple butter, apple jelly and apple cider vinegar.
  • According to the Guinness World Records, the longest continuous apple peel took eleven and a half hours to remove and it resulted in a length of 52.51 meters of 172.28 feet.

There you have them — fun fact about apples. Have you had one today?

I include apples in many of my smoothie recipes. Please consider acquiring my Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss: The Daily Diet, Cleanse & Green Smoothie Detox Book which currently now available as an eBook at Amazon.com. You might also be interested in my Vegan Diet & Animal-Free Lifestyle – A Journey Into Veganism or in viewing my Hanna Getty author page.

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