Apples are one of the most versatile fruits ever made. They have even been blamed for the fall of Adam and Eve. They are wonderful and they create many different food products. There are several different types of apple such as Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Gold Delicious, and Rome. Some are good for baking and others for eating. An old saying also says “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. There is much folklore and old wives tales about apples. If you love apples, why not check out these interesting facts.
States That Produce Apples
Apple growing is big business in the United States. While 36 states commercially grow apples, the states of California, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Washington State to lead the list. Also, several states have the apple as their official fruit and those states are West Virginia, Washington, Rhode Island, and New York.
Johnny Appleseed and Apples
School children everywhere have heard the tale of Johnny Appleseed planting apples all over the country. So, just who was Johnny Appleseed? He was a real human being that was born in 1774 with the name John Chapman. In truth, he was a kind-hearted pioneer who planted apple seeds in Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. His legend just grew after he died and the legend of Johnny Appleseed is a piece of folklore history as well as being the truth.
Most Popular Apples
People have often been asked what their favorite apple to eat is. The answers are varied but at least two come up as true winners in the eating category. Red Delicious tops the list as the most eaten and most produced apple while Golden Delicious comes in second place. Granny Smith is the third most popular apple as far as U.S. consumers are concerned. All three are great eating and baking apples.
Varieties Of Apple
When it comes to apples, there are over 7500 varieties in the world today with 2500 being grown in the U.S. alone. Some of the better-known apples include Golden and Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Rome apples for a start.