Ten Fun Facts About Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

1  Apples are a member of the rose family.

2  Twenty five percent of an apple’s volume is made up of air, which is why they float.

3  Apple trees are one of the most widely grown fruit trees. Believed to have originated in Central Asia where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii is still found today.

4  Apples come in all shades of green, yellow and red with thousands of different varieties including, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Gala.

5  An apple is fat, sodium and cholesterol free, but a great source of fibre. Two thirds of its fibre and lots of antioxidants are found in its flesh/peel.

6  It can take up to 4 to 5 years for an apple tree to produce its first fruit.

7  Some apple trees can live to over 100 years old and grow to over 40 feet tall.

8  An apple seed/pip contains a small amount of a cyanide compound, but it is unlikely you will ever eat enough seeds in one go to cause you harm.

9  It takes approximately 36 apples to make 1 gallon of apple cider.

10  In ancient Rome, apples were regarded as a luxury fruit.

 

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