DID YOU KNOW…?
Apple availability at Pennings Orchard is due to two things:
the weather and the amount of people who come to pick.
- Apple trees will bear fruit in their 4th or 5th year of growing.
- Out of the 40 apple-growing states, NY, Wash., Michigan, Penn., Virginia, California and North Carolina are responsible for producing 60% of the country’s annual crop.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- Apples are high in fiber.
- Americans eat an average of 18 pounds of fresh apples each year.
- Fresh apples float because 25% 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.
- Apples have been around for about 750,000 years!
- The first commercial orchard was planted in 1730 in Flushing, Long Island.
- Johnny Appleseed was a real person! His name was John Chapman, born in 1744 in Massachusetts. He left home at an early age with the intention of teaching the bible and planting apple nurseries from seeds on the New Frontier. When he died in 1854, he was doing his customary rounds of his many trees.
- An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. In a study at Michigan State University, researchers found that those subjects who ate 2 or more apples a day had less headaches and respiratory illnesses and had better health in general than those subjects who ate none. In addition, a study done at Rutgers University showed that apple pectins trap and prevent cholesterol from building up in the linings of blood vessels. This results in lowered blood pressure and reduced arteriosclerosis symptoms.
- Apples ripen 10 times faster in a dry, warm atmosphere than they do in cold storage. The International Apple Institute recommends consumers keep their apples under refrigeration in the hydrator drawer, at temps anywhere from 32-40 degree F.