Did you know most apple harvests are still picked by hand? Here are 12 other interesting facts about apples you may not know.
2. Maria Ann Sherwood Smith found the first Granny Smith apple growing in her Australian orchard in 1868 from the remains of some French crabapples.
3. Canadian John McIntosh is to be given credit for the McIntosh apple. He found a seedling growing wild, probably from a discarded apple core, and cultivated it in 1811.
4. Apple cider can be frozen for up to a year. Just don’t use a full or glass jug—it expands as it freezes.
5. The Gravenstein apple came to California sometime around 1820 with Russian immigrants, but it’s been around for a while: In the 1600s, it first grew around Germany’s Castle Graefenstein.
6. If you had eaten an apple a day from age 5 until you were 35, you would have eaten 10,957 apples.
8. The only apple native to North America is the crabapple.
9. It takes the energy from 50 leaves on an apple tree to produce one ripe fruit.
10. McDonald’s buys 34 million pounds of fresh apples in a year, mostly from Michigan.
11. McDonald’s keeps its Happy Meal apple slices from browning by dipping them in calcium ascorbate (a mix of calcium and vitamin C). They have a shelf life of two weeks.
12. The Red Delicious apple was cultivated by chance on a farm in Peru, Iowa. In 1872 it was first dubbed “Hiatt’s Hawkeye” after the man who owned the farm.
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