Fun Facts About Apples
Fact: Apples are fun!
Have you ever stopped to really think about how amazingly entrenched apples are in not just our diets, but our society, pop culture, and even our core identities (well ok, maybe that last one’s mostly just us – have we mentioned how much we love apples?!)
In any case, take a second now and think about it…
Ok time’s up! Still not convinced? Then consider:
- Diet – Well, obviously! But seriously, apples are the 2nd most eaten fruit in North America (we’ll surpass you one day bananas!!)
- Agriculture – Again, the importance of apples to the agriculture industry super-obvious, but for perspective: North America produces around TEN BILLION pounds of apples a year, the equivalent weight of around a million African elephants!
- Health – There’s a reason the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has been ingrained in our culture since the 1800s (check out our Apple Nutrition section for more!)
- Society – And speaking of sayings that helps prove our point: As American as apple pie, apple of my eye, Adam’s apple, one bad apple… need we go on?
We may be biased, but do any other fruits even come close to matching the iconic status of apples? We’re not just talking about modern times – as late as the 17th century, many people used the word “apple” to refer to all fruits foreign to Europe. Although that’s pretty recent considering humans have been enjoying apples for literally hundreds of thousands of years!
The point is, apples are the best, and we have a million more reasons why. And, since it’ll take us a while to get through all million of ‘em, we’ll be tackling them one blog post at a time!