It’s been a busy few months for Okanagan Specialty Fruits, with the public comment period on Arctic® apples concluding in both Canada and the United States. Yet, for all the news and Arctic® apple discussion, our roots truly lie in our love of all apples, which is what National Apple Month is all about!
Industry members are well aware of why October is all about apples. But for those that don’t know, it’s because the majority of North American apple harvesting occurs this month. Harvest time is one of the busiest times of the year for orchardists like the Carters – and the feeling when the fruit of a year’s labour is finally off the trees and ready for kids’ lunches and mom’s apple pie is second to none!
Growing apples is much more complicated than most people realize, but well worth the effort of course! There are so many great things to celebrate about everyone’s favourite fruit. While their delicious taste and innumerable health benefits are no secret, there are plenty of interesting facts about apples that aren’t quite so well known. Here are a few that may surprise you:
- Commercial global apple production is around 70 MILLION metric tonnes with China producing around half.
- The world’s heaviest apple tipped the scales at over 4lbs and you’ll want to take a look at that picture!
- One of the competitions for Apple Day (Oct. 21st) is a competition for “the longest unbroken apple peel” and the Guinness World Record holder produced a 52 meter (172ft) unbroken peel – that must of taken a pretty big apple, too!
- The record holder, Kathy Walfer of the U.S., took 11 hours and 30 minutes to peel this apple.
- Two of history’s most famous apple growers, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, both engaged in apple tree grafting!
These are but a few of the many facts that make apples not just one of the most delicious and healthy foods out there, but also one of the most interesting and fun!