1. Apples have existed as a wild fruit since prehistoric times and have been cultivated for more than 3000 year. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians were among early cultivators.
2. More than 2,500 varieties are grown in North America, but only the crabapple is native to North America.
3. Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fibre.
4. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
5. Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
6. Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. The largest apple ever picked weighed three pounds.
7. Apples harvested from an average tree can fill 20 boxes that weigh 42 pounds each.
8. Apples are a member of the rose family.
9. The top apple producers around the world are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy. Apples account for fifty percent of international deciduous fruit tree production.
10. A peck of apples weighs about 10.5 pounds. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.
11. It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
12. Apples have high boron content which can help improve memory, mental alertness and electrical activity of the brain.
13. Even though they are not high in calcium, their boron content helps strengthens bones.
14. Apples are 25% air which is why the float in water.
15. Most antioxidants found in apples, including quercetin, are found in the skin.
16. The most popular apple varieties are the Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith.