Happy Apple Day

October is Apple Day – started in 1990 as a simple celebration of the apple and now a national event in the UK. We thought it was a good day to bring you 20 fun facts to celebrate this humble fruit. #appleday

  1. There are over 3,500 varieties of apples in the UK
  2. There are 8,000 varieties of apple worldwide
  3. Apple trees can live for over 100 years
  4. Apples are high in fibre, Vitamin C, potassium and polyphenols (antioxidant nutrients)
  5. Apples are members of the Rose family
  6. The heaviest apple ever recorded weighed 1.6Kg
  7. Apples produce a type of gas (ethylene) that can help to ripen other fruit
  8. The smallest apple grown for consumption is the Rockit apple.
  9. The largest apple grown for consumption is the Hokuto apple.
  10. It can take between four and ten years before an apple tree can produce fruit (apples).
  11. Last year, over 91 million tons of apples were produced worldwide.
  12. It takes around 5 apples to make 1 pint of apple cider
  13. The branch of botany related to the study of apples is pomology
  14. The UK is the only country that grows apples especially for cooking
  15. Apples consist of 80% water
  16. Women under 35 tend to consume the most apples, with an average of one per day
  17. Apples have a high carbohydrate content, but a low glycemic index (GI) due to the amount of fibre they contain reducing the impact of the sugar
  18. The fibre in apples is called pectin, which feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut
  19. Apples are FODMAPs food, so can affect some people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  20. Most of the nutrients in an apple are found in or just beneath the skin – so it’s better to eat them with the skin on

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