My son has to bring in an apple treat today to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day. At his school, this is done each year and if it weren’t, I probably wouldn’t even know that there is a day devoted to celebrate him.
Johnny Appleseed was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774 in Massachusetts. He created apple orchards in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and after 200 years, some of those trees still bear apples, believe it or not.
Apples are such an all around healthy food and even most picky eaters still enjoy an apple. Today is a great day to make an apple dessert or snack.
So whether you’re baking an apple pie, making apple juice, or just enjoying some apple snacks today, here are some facts about everyone’s favorite fruit, courtesy of Fruits & Vegetables:
1. Apples come in all shades of reds, greens, yellows.
2. 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States.
3. 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.
4. States apples are eaten as fresh fruit. 39 percent of apples are processed into apple products; 21 percent of this is for juice and cider.
5. The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which produced over 83 percent of the nation’s 2001-crop apple supply.
6. Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
7. A medium apple is about 80 calories.
8. Apples are a great source of the fiber pectin.
9. One apple has five grams of fiber.
10. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
Celebrate today with Babble’s 17 Apple Recipes!