Tis the season. Apple season, that is. One of my favorite moving into autumn things is the arrival of the new crop of apples. Love their sweet-tart flavor and crisp texture. Yummy. I’m not going into the gazillion things one can do with apples. You already know that. You are no doubt also familiar with the gazillion apple idioms - an apple a day keeps the doctor away, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, the apple of my eye, one bad apple, apples and oranges, etc., etc., etc. What you might not know is that there are a number of unusual facts about apples. Of course, I could not resist sharing some of them with you. Here goes.
If you are not a fan of the apples in your local market, don’t fret. You have options. There are 7500 apple varieties around the world. Crab apples are the only apple native to the U.S. China is the largest producer of apples.
Apples are 25% air making them lighter than water. Thus, they can float.
In Norse mythology apples are the symbol of eternal youth. Based on the evidence I’ve gathered from eating apples over a few decades, it is definitely a myth.
Apple seeds contain the deadly poison cyanide. Don’t worry. It would take chewing about 200 seeds or eating 10 apple cores to have an affect.
Pomology is the science of apple growing. BTW, apples are part of the rose family like pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
Two-thirds of the fibre and many anti-oxidents in apples are found in the peel. Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol. They do contain boron which helps mental alertness.
Archeological evidence shows apples to have been around since 6500BC
As American as apple pie? Not. The first apple pie came from England in the 1300’s. Seems they didn’t have enough metal containers to hold the apples while cooking. They made a container of flour, lard, water. It was not supposed to be eaten, but they found the crunchy container delicious.
Despite advances in technology, most apples are still hand-picked.
An apple tree can live over 100 years.
You’re gonna love this. Some people actually can have a fear of apples. Trust me, it is a real thing. This particular fear is called – can you say malusdomesticaphobia? Having said that (maybe), I will pick up my apples and go home.
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