APPLES FLOAT BECAUSE THEY ARE 85% WATER
- It takes the energy from 50 apple tree leaves to produce one apple
- The average apple contains 5 seeds
- The science of growing apples is called pomology
- The star-shaped bottom of an apple is called its calyx
- At room temperature, apples ripen 10 times faster than when refrigerated
THE AVERAGE AMERICAN EATS 16 POUNDS OF FRESH APPLES EACH YEAR
- Archaeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples for more than 8,500 years!
- Apples originated in Kazakhstan and were carried east by traders on the Silk Road
- The only apple native to North America is the crabapple
JOHNNY APPLESEED WAS A REAL GUY!
WASHINGTON GROWS MORE APPLES THAN ANY OTHER STATE
- 10 – 12 billion apples are harvested in Washington each year — if you put them all side by side, they would circle the earth 29 times
- Every apple is picked by hand to prevent bruising
- Apples are Washington’s largest agricultural product — they grow on over 175,000 acres of orchards
- Washington growers produce 6 out of every 10 apples consumed in the United States
MORE THAN 7,500 APPLE VARIETIES ARE GROWN WORLDWIDE
- The United States grows about 2,500 different varieties
- Washington is known for eight primary varieties, but grows over 30 total
- Washington apples are exported to 60 countries around the world
FUN WITH APPLES
Print and play these apple-themed games and puzzles! You’ll find everything from fun word searches to playful coloring sheets.