A is for Apple

To say that I like apples is an understatement.

All the statistics I could find said that the average American eats about 25 pounds of apples each year. The average apple weighs between 1/3 and 1/2 of a pound. After doing some figuring I realized that I eat about 150 pounds (probably more) of apples each year. Yes, I would say I like apples!

I considered starting our A-Z and A is for Apples with a recipe but instead I will start with a bit of a “game”.

Before this though, I will let you in on the research I did on apples. In summary, this is what I found:

Apples come in over 7,000 different varieties (about 15 of these varieties make up 90% of apples actually produced/ sold), they are healthy for you (lots of fiber and vitamin C), apple harvests are still picked by hand, the first apple nursery opened in 1730 (in Flushing, NY) and the first American orchard was planted around 1625 by William Blackstone on Boston´s Beacon Hill, a bushel of apples weighs 42 pounds and a peck is 1/4 of a bushel, an apple will ripen 6-10 times faster at room temperature than it will in the fridge, and apples float because 25% of an apple is air.

To read more about apple varieties click here.

On the stranger side of the research: In Colonial times the apple was better known as a “winter banana” or “melt-in-the-mouth”,  the largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds (to put this in perspective… that’s equivalent to almost a half-gallon of milk), apple juice was one of the earliest prescribed antidepressants, the modern tradition of tossing rice at the happy couple evolved from an ancient practice of throwing apples at weddings (newlyweds everywhere breathed a sigh of relief when this tradition ended), the game of apple-bobbing began as a Celtic New Year´s tradition for trying to determine one´s future spouse, and an Irish and Scottish custom prescribed throwing an apple peel over one´s shoulder, which would form the initial of your lover´s name. I always just twisted my apple’s stem and spelled through the alphabet to determine my future spouse… but I guess the apple peel thing works too…

Okay, now for the game: WHAT KIND OF APPLE EATER ARE YOU? Click here to see your options. Then, comment and let me know what kind of apple-eater you are. If you can’t find one that describes you make up a new name and tell me why you chose it!

Tell me what your favorite apple is while you’re at it!

I will tell you what kind of apple-eater I am in my next post… and that one WILL include a recipe! We’re starting with breakfast! (but you can have it for dinner…. we did!)

Happy eating!