The humble apple is a fan favorite all around the world! Everybody has their own ritual when eating an apple, some chop it into slices, others like to peel the skin. And, if you’re anything like me you just jump straight in. So let’s jump in now and learn 21 facts about this sweet and bitter, wondrous fruit – the apple.
Fact 1: The science of studying and cultivating fruit trees is called ‘pomology’.
- If you’re working in the field of ‘pomology’ then you are a pomologist.
Fact 2: To make 1 gallon of apple cider, it takes the sacrifice of 36 apples.
- Their sacrifice is not in vain, the cider keeps most of the health benefits that are within the apple.
Fact 3: The life span for an apple tree is about 100 years.
- This is much shorter than other trees. This is because apple trees develop more defects such as cracks and crevices. Also, the weight of the apples adds a lot of stress to the branches.
Fact 4: Eating one or two apples a day can help improve your memory.
- It works by slowing down the aging of the brain. Studies have shown that patients with Alzheimer’s disease that consume antioxidant-rich foods such as apples have reduced memory loss.
Fact 5: A red, medium-sized apple contains 80 calories.
- For comparison, in a 75cl bottle of wine, there are about 660 calories.
Fact 6: The apple is often depicted as a ‘forbidden fruit’ in the garden of Eden. But in fact, the apple is not mentioned in the Bible.
- We mainly have this misconception due to early artists that painted the scene. Well, they had to paint something! As the bible just says:
“We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”King Jame Bible
Fact 7: Apples are great sources of Vitamin A.
- Vitamin A is important for your immune system and your eyesight. It also helps a wide variety of organs including the heart, kidneys, and lungs.
Fact 8: Apples generally fall into one of two categories, eating or cooking.
- Cooking apples are sour in flavor, whereas apples grown for eating are generally sweeter.
Fact 9: Apples may help to improve insulin sensitivity, which helps combat diabetes.
- Apples score 38 on the ‘Glycemic Index’, which ranks foods on how they affect glucose in the blood. Below 55 is considered a low score. This means that apples are digested slower, meaning that blood glucose levels rise slower helping to avoid sugar spikes.
Fact 10: Apples are the United States’ second-most exported fruit – Sometimes money does grow on trees.
- Out of the 2,500 varieties grown in the United States, only 100 are sold commercially.
Fact 11: Nearly all apples are picked by hand.
- That is until our robot overlords can work out a successful way to pick apples and place them into containers so they don’t get bruised.
Fact 12: The United States is among the top apple-producing countries. The U.S. exports one-quarter of all apples grown.
- The top 5 producing countries are China, United States, Turkey, Poland, and Italy.
Fact 13: For an average apple to grow to a weight of 150g (that’s ideally when it gets picked), the tree needs about 106 liters of water.
- For comparison, making 150g of chocolate uses roughly 3,600 liters of water!
Fact 14: 39% of apples are turned into apple-related products, such as pies and juices.
- This leaves 71% of apples to be eaten in the old fashion way.
Fact 15: McDonald’s sells more than 35 million pounds of apples every year.
- This is a combination of juices, snack packs, and McDonald’s first dessert, the apple pies.
Fact 16: Each Halloween you see children and adults alike bobbing for apples. But this actually started as a Celtic New Year’s tradition, with the goal of finding a romantic partner.
- Apples have a long history with fertility and fortune-telling.
Fact 17: The Gala apple is the United States’ most grown apple, overtaking the Red Delicious apple.
- Third place goes to Granny Smith with the Fuji and Honeycrisp rounding out the top 5.
Fact 18: Feeling run down or stressed out? Then eat and apple. Apple juice is a mild antidepressant.
- Apple Juice is still recommended by doctors today as part of a healthy diet to help fight depression. That’s not surprising given all of its amazing health benefits.
Fact 19: Are you scared of apples? Does the crimson skin of a Gala fill you with dread? If so, then you have what is known as Malusdomesticaphobia.
- Yes, seriously, this is a real phobia. Malusdomesticaphobia describes the general fear of apples. Which includes anything from eating them, the smell of them, and even the sight of an apple.
Fact 20: A study in 2018 from Mordor Intelligence found that global apple production was estimated to be 77.6 million metric tons, just in that one year.
- But when it comes to eating apples the report says that 62% of fresh apples are consumed by the Asia-Pacific region.
Fact 21: Ever wondered why apples float in water? It’s because they are made of 25% air.
- Having that air gives apples their cell structure, which in turn makes them juicy and crispy.