There’s just something about autumn. The crunch of leaves as you step out into the garden, the brilliant orange, red and purple hues sprucing up the trees in your yard. The scent of wood burning and pie in the oven. Then, of course, there are the apples! We’ve hit mid-october, so we’re right in the heart of apple harvest season. Whether you’ve got an apple tree (or many) in your yard, or you prefer picking apples at a local orchard, we know the Humble Gardener community appreciates this crisp, tasty fruit. In honor of apple season, we’ve gathered up some fun facts!
- Apples are a member of the rose family. We never would have made that connection…
- Humans have been apple-eaters for thousands of years! We’ve been consuming apples since at least 6500 B.C., archaeologists report.
- The average American consumer eats 45 pounds of apples each year.
- Where did the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” come from? It actually derives from a similar English proverb: “To eat an apple before going to bed, will make the doctor beg his bread.”
- The first apple trees originally sprouted up somewhere on the land between the Caspian and Black Sea.
- Want to keep your apples around fora long time? Don’t leave them out on the counter! Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than they do when they’re stored in the fridge.
- Rhode Island, New York, Washingtonand West Virginia have all claimed the apple as their official state fruit.