An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Haven’t we all heard that saying? Well obviously apple is a fruit and fruit is healthy for you. But they seem to be one of those fruits that have super powers! They can be made into hundreds if not thousands of dishes. And I don’t think I know 1 person that doesn’t like a dish that has apple in it. So let’s go on an adventure.. and dabble in apple!
It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, can still be found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. They were brought to North America by European colonists in the 17th century. The first apple orchard was planted in Boston in 1695. A long time ago! Apples have been present in mythology and religions of many cultures, including Greek and Christian traditions. There are more than 7,500 known types of apples. Different strains are bred for various tastes and uses.
Here are a few wacky apple facts:
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- Apples are grown in all 50 states.
- The science of apple growing is called pomology.
- India ranks 3rd in the worlds apple producing leaders.
- Peach allergies are similar to apple allergies and usually go hand in hand.
- The average person eats 65 apples per year.
- Apples became the official state fruit for Washington in 1989.
- Apple trees can only bear fruit after its first 5 years.
- The McIntosh apple is the national apple of Canada.
- It takes about 35 apples to produce 1 gallon of apple cider.
- Apples were considered “luxury fruit” in ancient Rome.
- Fear of apples is known as Malusdomesticaphobia.
- Apples contain Boron which has been known to enhance brain power.
- The Roman Goddess Pomona is the goddess of apples.
- Children who drink apple juice regularly have less of a chance of developing asthma.
About 69 million tons of apples were grown worldwide in 2010, and China produced almost half of this total. The US is the second leading producer with more than 5% of world production. Many beneficial health effects can come from eating these babies too. A few health benefits are:
- Research shows that the dietary fibers found in apples battle further growth of lung, colon and breast cancer.
- Pyridoxine is a nutrient in apples that is useful in treating heart disease, diabetes and seizures.
- They help fight off free oxygen-radicals that cause diabetes.
- Studies have shown that people who eat more apples have a lower risk for stroke.
Apples are amazing in that they can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. There are so many dishes that are apple-tastic including pastries, salads, cakes, even burgers! Check out these apple-licious recipes:
I hope you had fun on our apple-venture and learned some new things! For more interesting info on apples click here.
Or if you want to see a whole list of apple recipes click here.