National Apple Day: October 21, 2020

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Today is National Apple Day. Since I live in Wenatchee, Washington, the Apple Capital of the World, it would be irresponsible of me not to share some fascinating information about apples with you. 

Before I do, though, let me share a climate data map with you. This seems to be the perfect combination of temperatures for apples of many varieties to thrive in the spring and summer, go into winter dormancy, and come alive again in the spring.  The desert climate, with an average precipitation of just over 9 inches per year, might seem an odd place for apple trees to thrive. Apple trees need lots of water. 



The mighty Columbia and Wenatchee rivers are key players in feeding water to our multitude of apple orchards in the Valley.  As a side note, lots of other fruit is grown in the Valley as well. These include pears, cherries, peaches, and prunes.  Also, many vineyards have been added over the last decade or so.

As near as I can figure out the first apple trees planted in the Wenatchee area was in 1872 by Philip Miller, one of the first white settlers. The first commercial planting was in 1884. 

Washington State produces slightly under 60% of the apples grown in the United States. 68% of those are for fresh consumption, with the rest going to juice, applesauce, and other processing uses. The total acreage planted in apples in Washington State is about 175,000 acres.  

Did You Know:

  • 25% of an apple’s volume is air. That’s why it floats!
  • On average, Washington state grows 128 million boxes of apples per year. At 40 lbs per box, that’s 2.3 million TONS of apples!
  • There are about 175,000 acres of apple orchards in Washington State.
  • It takes the energy from 50 apple tree leaves to produce one apple.
  • Washington Apple growers produce 6 out of every 10 apples consumed in the United States.
  • At room temperature, apples ripen or soften 10 times faster than if they were refrigerated.
  • The science of growing apples is called “pomology.”
  • Washington Apples are exported to 60 different countries around the world.
  • Archaeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples for more than 8,500 years!
  • Apples contain no artificial colors or flavors.
  • There are more than 7,500 different varieties of apples grown around the world. You’ll find only a handful of them at your local supermarket.
  • Apples are fat-free and sodium-free.
  • There are seven principal varieties of apples grown in Washington.
  • Apples contain natural sugars called fructose.
  • The average apple contains 5 seeds.
  • Apples are picked by hand.
  • Apples are harvested in Washington state each year between August and November. Advanced storage technologies mean that they’re fresh and available year-round.
  • A medium-sized apple contains 5 grams of fiber, 20% the daily recommended allowance!


What is your favorite apple to eat? 

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Love apples from our beautiful state. I especially enjoy the Cosmic Crisps and Opal apples.  Thanks for sharing all of these apple facts. D

Oct 21, 2020 02:10 PM #6
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Sista Carol - Just learned that if i refrigerate my apples they will stay fresher longer - thanks for the great info - loved it

Oct 21, 2020 02:55 PM #7
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Hi Beth Atalay 
That sounds like a great evening treat!!!

Oct 21, 2020 05:11 PM #8
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Hi Nina Hollander 
There were a few things I learned about apples too, the most interesting of which was that humans have been eating apples for more than 8500 years. 

Oct 21, 2020 05:13 PM #9
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Hello Carol, thank you for the reminder. I will have an apple to celebrate the National Apple Day.

Oct 21, 2020 05:15 PM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I'm overdue to make a trip to Apple Hill, about 30 miles from my home.  I have obviously missed National Apple Day, but perhaps tomorrow I will make up for it!

Oct 21, 2020 05:28 PM #11
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Hey Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Instructor 
I am curious what kind of evidence archaeologists found that brought them to the conclusion that humans have been enjoying apples for over 8500 years.

Oct 21, 2020 05:30 PM #12
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 
I haven't tried the Opal. I better fix that. My favs are the Honeycrisp.

Oct 21, 2020 05:45 PM #13
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Hi sista Hannah Williams 
I knew that but I had no idea they ripened 10 times faster at room temperature!

Oct 21, 2020 05:46 PM #14
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You're welcome, John Pusa 
What is your favorite variety?

Oct 21, 2020 05:46 PM #15
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 
Apple Hill. I looked it up and found their website.  It looks like a fun place to visit. Maybe next time I come through Sacramento I can take the time to go there... or, better yet, we can go together. 

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Hi Carol- I love Honeycrisp apples and most any dessert with apples in it. Loved the apple facts and I never thought about why or how apples float, but I know now. 

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Hi Carol,  Thanks for sharing all this apple information.  We enjoy several different varieties here - our usuals are Braeburns, Galas, Honeycrisps, and Golden Delicious.

Oct 21, 2020 07:44 PM #18
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Morning Carol.

My wife planted an apple tree when we moved in our current home back in 2013.  This year we had some, not very big, but tasty

Oct 22, 2020 12:34 AM #19
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I did not know that it was national apple day, but I do enjoy apples, I have at least one each day!

Oct 22, 2020 06:27 AM #20
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Hi Kathy Streib 
Apples IN a dessert are even better!  LOL   After my husband and I got married he mentioned that his mother made a raisin pie he loved. I started looking for raisin pie recipes.  I did make one but it was too much raisin for my liking, so I started adding apples to the recipe.  Yummmmm.  He liked it too. 

Oct 22, 2020 07:53 AM #21
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Hi Bob Crane 
Those are all great options. Braeburns and Goldens have dwindled in production in our area as other varieties have been developed. 

Oct 22, 2020 07:55 AM #22
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Hi James Dray 
At 7 years old, that tree should start coming into decent production. Apples are a biennial bearing crop so if you want a good crop each year you need to thin the fruits each Spring so what's left can develop into big and strong fruits to enjoy.  Otherwise you will get a good crop of small fruits one year and hardly anything the next.  Speak to your local Extension Service if you want advice on how to do that. 

Oct 22, 2020 07:57 AM #23
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Hi Brian England 
I love hearing that you eat apples every day!  Do you have a favorite variety?

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Hello Carol - what a clever tie in for National Apple Day.  I celebrate and enjoy apples throughout the year.  

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