Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Bramley are all varieties of which kind of fruit?
And the answer: apples.
Originating in Central Asia, the apple tree has grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and later in North America upon arrival of European colonists. There are over 7,000 kinds of apples around the world.
Records of apple consumption date back thousands of years – as early as 6500 BC, in fact. These crunchy fruits are one of the oldest around, and continue to be consumed in extremely large quantities every year throughout the world.
Today, the large number of apple varieties in the world can be attributed to human practices of "fruit breeding." Fruit breeding is a way to fulfill the expectations of farmers and consumers who seek specific qualities in an apple. Apples have been around so long and across so many climates that the incredible number of apple types is still growing every year.
Here are some fun facts about this delicious fruit:
- The crabapple is the only apple native to North America. As such, it wasn't until 1730 that the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.
- Apples account for 50 percent of the world's deciduous fruit tree production. You'll need more than a barrel for those bad boys.
- The old saying, "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away" comes from an old English adage, "To eat an apple before going to bed, will make the doctor beg his bread."
- In colonial time, apples were called winter banana or melt-in-the-mouth. A winter banana a day... ah, you know the rest.
- Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie. Yum.