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October is National Apple Month

October 02, 2007

There are many more types of apples than you might guess. There's more than 7,000 varieties grown in the world, and about 2,500 in the United States. Did you know that 90% of apples grown in the United States, come from only 16 varieties of apples and 8 of these make up 80%? And it's no wonder these apples are so popular, they taste great and store well.

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Facts About Apples

  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • Washington state grows the most apples.
  • Apples brought into the United States may have come from Canada and New Zealand.
  • Apples are available year-round.
  • Apples are ripe when picked.
  • Apples are high in fiber.
  • There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world.
  • The most popular variety in the United States is the Red Delicious.
  • The apples from one tree can fill 20 boxes every year. Each box weighs 42 pounds.
  • Americans eat an average of 18 pounds of fresh apples each year.
  • Fresh apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
  • About 50% of apples grown in the United States are sold fresh, and 50% are processed into apple juice, apple sauce or dehydrated apple products.
  • In 1996, Washington state produced 133 million boxes of apples.

Where are Apples Grown?

Washington state is the top producer of apples. Other states that produce apples for the marketplace include New York, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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