Apple season is officially here with the arrival of California Galas and early golds (very light supplies). Over the next several weeks, as we move further into August and September, we will see more and more varieties become available. To help celebrate the season, here is an assembly of apple facts - some just for fun, but some that can be very useful in your daily interactions with your customers:
- 61 percent of United States apples are eaten as fresh fruit.
- Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
- A medium apple contains about 80 calories.
- Apples are a great source of the fiber pectin. One apple has five grams of fiber. An apple contains 80% soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol and insoluble fiber may prevent certain types of cancer. An apple has more fiber than a serving of oatmeal, most brands of cold cereal and more fiber than an entire head of iceberg lettuce, a bran muffin or two bell peppers.
- In 2001 there were 8,000 apple growers with orchards covering 430,200 acres.
- Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- 25 percent of an apple's volume is air. That is why they float.
- Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
- It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
- Keep cut apples from turning brown by dipping them in a solution of 1 part citrus juice and 3 parts water.
- Apples give off gases that will speed up the ripening of peaches, plums, pears, bananas and kiwis.
- Apples are best eaten with the peel since most of the fiber and antioxidants are found in the apple's peel.
- The only apple native to North America is the crab-apple.
- More than half of all apples grown in the United States for fresh eating come from orchards in Washington state.
- The difference in dimension between apple sizes (example: from 72 count to 88 count) is approximately 1/8-inch.
- Washington has the highest concentration of CA storage of any growing region in the world. Eastern Washington, where most of Washington’s apples are grown, has enough warehouse storage for nearly 200 million boxes of fruit. Nearly 70% of that space is for CA storage.
Enjoy this apple season! Make it fun and make it profitable.