Fun and interesting facts about apples

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  • 25% of an apple’s volume is air. That’s why it floats!
  • On average, Washington state grows 125 million boxes of apples per year. At 40 lbs per box, that’s 2.5 million TONS of apples!
  • There are about 175,000 acres of apple orchards in Washington State.
  • It takes the energy from 50 apple tree leaves to produce one apple.
  • Washington Apple growers produce 6 out of every 10 apples consumed in the United States.
  • At room temperature, apples ripen or soften 10 times faster than if they were refrigerated.
  • The science of growing apples is called “pomology.”
  • Washington Apples are exported to 60 different countries around the world.
  • Archaeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples for more than 8,500 years!
  • Apples contain no artificial colors or flavors.
  • There are more than 7,500 different varieties of apples grown around the world. You’ll find only a handful of them at your local supermarket.
  • Apples are fat free and sodium free.
  • There are seven principal varieties of apples grown in Washington.
  • Apples contain natural sugars called fructose.
  • The average apple contains 5 seeds.
  • Apples are picked by hand, not by any machinery.
  • Apples are harvested in Washington state each year between August and November. Advanced storage technologies mean that they’re fresh and available year-round.
  • A medium-sized apple contains 5 grams of fiber, 20% the daily recommended allowance!