Tree Ripened, Fresh Picked Apples
• Apples originated in the Middle East more than 4000 years ago.
• The apple was introduced to America by the early settlers. Seeds were carried westward by missionaries, traders, and Native Americans. John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed, was responsible for the extensive plantings of apple trees in the midwestern United States.
• Americans consume approximately 19.6 pounds of fresh apples a year.
• In the world, there are over 7,000 varieties, and they are available year-round.
• Approximately 50% of the apples grown in the U.S. are sold fresh, the other 50% are processed for other apple products such as apple juice, apple sauce, dehydratd apples, etc.
• About 10% of an apple is made up of carbohydrate; about 4% of an apple is made up of vitamins and minerals. They contain dietary fiber in their skin and cores; 80% of an apple is made up of water.
• The reason apples float is because 25% of their volume is air,