Apples are round-shaped tree fruits that are firm in texture and have smooth outer skin. They come in various shades of red, green, and yellow, and range in flavor from very tart to very sweet. There are over 7,000 varieties of apples grown worldwide. The top apple producers in the world include China, the United States, Turkey, and Poland, with China producing 50% of the the world's apples.
No need. Both the flesh and skin of apples are edible and nutritious.
History of the Apple
The ancestor of today's apples have said to have been found in Central Asia and the Middle East. Apple cultivation has been dated back to ancient Egypt, Greek, and Roman civilizations. The Romans bred apples to perfect their flavor and size, and were responsible for spreading the delicious fruit throughout Europe. By the 1800s, settlers in the United States introduced and began cultivating a variety of apples, many of which were grown in Washington state. As railways began to emerge, apples were able to be distributed across all of North America.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- Apple trees take roughly 5 years to produce their first fruit.
- The largest (recorded) apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.