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
- There are over 3,500 varieties of apples in the UK
- There are 8,000 varieties of apple worldwide
- Apple trees can live for over 100 years
- Apples are high in fibre, Vitamin C, potassium and polyphenols (antioxidant nutrients)
- Apples are members of the Rose family
- The heaviest apple ever recorded weighed 1.6Kg
- Apples produce a type of gas (ethylene) that can help to ripen other fruit
- The smallest apple grown for consumption is the Rockit apple.
- The largest apple grown for consumption is the Hokuto apple.
- It can take between four and ten years before an apple tree can produce fruit (apples).
- Last year, over 91 million tons of apples were produced worldwide.
- It takes around 5 apples to make 1 pint of apple cider
- The branch of botany related to the study of apples is pomology
- The UK is the only country that grows apples especially for cooking
- Apples consist of 80% water
- Women under 35 tend to consume the most apples, with an average of one per day
- 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
- The fibre in apples is called pectin, which feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut
- Apples are FODMAPs food, so can affect some people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- 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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