Apples are among the most sought after fruits of all time. This is not a surprise because apples are one of the earliest natural foods known to man in which he founds pleasure. Apples, with their very long history, have been regarded as a symbol of many things, of love, beauty, health, comfort, pleasure, wisdom, temptation, sensuality, sexuality, and fertility. Written in the Book of Genesis, apples have been part of man’s beginnings and his idea of paradise which focuses on abundance of fruit cultivation and its irresistibility. Apples were even regarded symbolically as the “forbidden fruit” and the source of original sin.
Interestingly, stories regarding apples and their history are not only seen in the Bible but also in Greek mythology and many more. The same creation story about apples is passed through time.
For instance in Greek mythology, Zeus and his bride, Hera were offered by Gaia or Mother Earth a tree that bears golden apples in their wedding day. This tree with golden apples was guarded by the sleepless serpent Ladon in the garden of Hesperides. These golden apples had been involved in many stories about love, pleasure, temptation and bribery. Apples had romantic and sexual implications and this is probably one of the reasons why this fruit usually ends up as a pleasurable dessert at the end of the meal.
Apart from these tales about apples, there are so much more people are not aware of about this fruit. So these are some of the most interesting facts about the apples
- Apples come in different colors. You can find red, green and yellow apples.
- One 9-inch sized apple pie is made with two pounds of apples.
- There are 7,500 commercial varieties of apples planted around the world
- Apples do not contain fat, sodium and cholesterol
- One medium-sized apple offers us 5 grams of fiber, particularly pectin.
- Apple varieties vary in size from a little larger than a cherry to as big as a grapefruit.
- The pilgrims were the first growers of apple trees in the United States.
- Pomology is the study of cultivating pome fruits, particularly of apples.
- An apple tree takes four to five years to bear its first fruit.
- Most apples are picked manually or by hand in autumn.
- The origins of the apple tree can be traced back somewhere between Caspian and the Black Sea.
- Some apple varieties grow as high as 40 feet and live as long as 100 years.
- Pruning apple trees was one of the hobbies of George Washington
- Apples will ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature compared to when stored in refrigerator.
- There were 44,119,244 metric tons of apples commercially produced worldwide in the year 2006/2007.
- About 67% of fiber and antioxidants in apples lie in their skins, so better not to peel your apples.
In United States, the top producers of apples are Washington, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia.
Apples comprise 50 % of the world’s total deciduous fruit tree production.