10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Apples
Apples are one of the most popular fruits on the market today, but many people do not actually know very much about them other than for the fact that they grow on trees. But what makes apples such interesting fruits?
When it comes to getting plenty of high quality vitamins and minerals, eating fresh fruit is essential. One of the most popular fruits is arguably the humble apple, but what makes apples so special? Below are some of our favorite facts about apples, some of which might come as a real shock.
Apple Pie Wasn’t Originally American!
America is famous for its signature dish, the humble and yet incredibly delicious apple pie. Moist and tantalizingly tasty, a well baked apple pie is sure to draw a crowd—but many people do not realize that this quintessentially American dish was not actually an American invention! In fact, apple pie had actually been enjoyed all throughout the European nations for many centuries prior to the settlement and founding of America; the earliest known record of a dish similar in nature to the modern variety of apple pie actually dates way back to the 14th century!
Pretty Much Any Variety Can Be Baked
Many people, in particular bakers, make the mistake of claiming that there are only a handful of apple varieties that are suitable for use in dishes. In reality, pretty much any type of apple will be suitable for making into pies and turnovers, so long as it is prepared with care and the highest quality of ingredients. In fact, the only apple that really isn’t suitable for baking is the red delicious apple, which arguably doesn’t have quite the right texture or tartness for making apple desserts.
Apples Aren’t Number One
Apples are well loved by the American people, but many people are surprised to learn that apples are not actually the holder of the number one most popular fruit position in the US—that title instead goes to the banana, although apples are still in the running for one of the most loved.
Apples Are Roses
While this title might be a little misleading, it can often be quite surprising for people to learn that apples are actually a part of the same family group as the rose flower, which is known as Rosacea. Other members of this family group—that are, therefore, also related distantly to the apple—include pears and cherries and even apricots!
Apples Are Totally Fat Free!
If you’re trying to cut your intake of fats then apples are a great choice for your next snack! Not only are apples incredibly high in fiber, but they also have no fat (including cholesterol) or sodium either! This makes them arguably one of the healthiest fruits that you can possibly eat, and they also offer a number of different vitamins and minerals which are essential to your health and overall wellbeing.
Apples Ripen Faster in the Open Air!
Many people refrigerate their apples, but did you know that the freshest and fastest ripening apples are actually found outside of the refrigerator, in the tabletop fruit bowl! If you want your apples to ripen faster, just leave them out for a little while so that you can be sure that the apples will be incredibly ripe and sweet by the time that you intend to be eating them! If you do decide to do this, though, you need to make sure that you keep an eye out for pesky fruit flies they could very well take a liking to your fruit as well.
Apples Come in All Shapes and Sizes
While most modern apples that you will find in the supermarkets will be of a fairly consistent size and shape, apples can actually vary considerably! The largest apple that was ever picked on record, at least weighed in at a staggeringly large 3 pounds in weight! Contrastingly, the smallest apples can be as minute in size as a small grapefruit!
Native Apples Are Very Few and Far Between!
The apple industry in America is massive, and it is for this reason that there are more than 2500 different varieties of apples grown in America in the modern age. However, of all of these different varieties, there is only one variety is native to America: the crabapple.
Crabapples are an incredibly old, wild variety of apples that are said to be one of the most important ancestors of all of the many modern apple varieties that are grown today! However, crabapple trees are actually very different to modern apple trees; they typically only grow on their own, whereas other apples will grow into whole orchards, and the fruits themselves are typically far less enjoyable than modern apples. It is for this reason that the most common use for crabapples is to make them into crab apple jelly.
Apple Production Is Massive
The commercial production and farming of apples is an incredibly massive sector of the agricultural sector, with apples making up approximately half of all of the world’s deciduous fruit production. The biggest growers and exporters of apples include China, Turkey, Poland, Italy, and you guessed it the United States. In fact it has been estimated that the global production of apples could be as great as a staggeringly large 75 million metric tons every year! That’s a whole lot of apples, but the global demand for these delicious fruits is so great that it shouldn’t really come as such a surprise.
36 Apples Go into Every Gallon of Cider
Many people love the crisp and refreshing taste of apple cider, but did you know that a gallon is made from 36 apples! These apples are juiced and then fermented with the use of yeast and live cultures, helping to preserve the product and develop the distinctive taste that we all know and love. Many people nowadays also try to make their own homemade cider from their own apples and apple trees, due to the relative simplicity of the cider making process.
- The health benefits of apples – BBC Good Food