[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne apple a day keeps the doctor away! Let this post be about this favorite, useful and accessible fruit, about an apple.
Here are the facts, read on!
– Throwing apples at people was a way of declaring your love in ancient Greece. Catching the fruit means acceptance of the feeling. In ancient Greece apples were considered to be “sacred to Aprodite”.
– There are so many different types of apples, that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all. 100 of them are officially grown in the USA.
–Apples reduce tooth decay because they stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth. They stimulate gums and prevent cavity buildup so an apple may easily replace your toothbrush if you don’t have it at the moment.
– There is only one apple that is native to North America the crabapple. These apples are tart, green and crunchy. They grow on bushy shrubs.
– Apples are members of the rose family. Just like cherries, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries.
– An average size apple contains 80 calories. The weight of an average apple is 140 grams.
– The average person eats 65 apples a year. It is amazing that humans have been enjoying the taste of apples since 6500 BC.
– Apples are believed to have originated in an area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. They come from the Caucasus and exist for the entire recorded history.
– Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit. However trees may vary greatly, some bring the first fruit much sooner.
– The science of apple growing is called pomology. The Latin word “pomum” refers to “fruit”.
– Apples are the second most valuable fruit in the United States. Oranges are first. In colonial times apples were called “winter banana” or “melt-in-the-mouth”.