In the advent of the newest Apple release we're not sure if it's a coincidence or not but apples, the fruit not the mega brand, are in real season right now.
People up north get to walk around wearing plaid button-ups through apple orchards and pick as many apples as they want, take selfies and enjoy the beginning of fall while apple spice lattes, apple pies, apple fritters and apples "anything else you can think of" begin to waltz out, steaming, from kitchens nation wide.
In honor of this fruit we're dedicating this weeks article to it!
HERE ARE 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT APPLES YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- The scientific name for this plant is Malus domestica and it originated in Central Asia (the region consists of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.)
- Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since at least 6500 B.C.
- Apples were brought to North America by European colonists and the first apple orchard on the North American continent was planted in Boston by Reverend William Blaxton in 1625.
- We love apples...in fact worldwide production of apples in 2017 was 83.1 million tonnes; to give you an idea...
- The larynx in the human throat has been called the "Adam's apple" because of a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit remaining in the throat of Adam.
Apples are eaten with honey at the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year.
- Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C, and various antioxidants and are about 52 calories and are a "weight-loss friendly" food.
- Some studies indicate that apples may help protect against diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
- There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States and 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world.
However only 100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in the United States.
- The first written apple pie recipe goes back to 1381 in England. It was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer and included apples, figs, raisins, pears and a pastry shell (but no sugar)
Personally we love apples any which way, freshly cut and dipped in almond butter or baked in a delicious pocket served with vanilla ice cream.
How do you enjoy your apples? Let us know in the comments section!