It’s National Apple Month
Apples are one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops grown in Michigan. Our state is the nation’s third largest producer of apples. There are more than 11.3 million apple trees in Michigan. According to the Michigan Apple Committee...Michigan’s apple growers are anticipating a big 2018. Michigan growers are expected to harvest 28 million bushels of the fruit this year. In an average year, Michigan produces right around 25 million bushels.
Enjoy some Apple Facts.
The top 10 varieties produced in the U.S.A. are: Red Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Rome, Cripps Pink/Pink Lady® and Empire.
Apples harvested from an average tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.
Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.
Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
Apples are a member of the rose family.
More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple is native to North America.
Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.
It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.