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Educational Facts about Apples

Fun Facts About Peaches
  • Peaches were once known as Persian Apples
  • "You're a real peach" originated from the tradition of giving a peach to the friend you liked.
  • Peaches were mentioned as early at 79 A.D. in literature.
  • Most peaches are cultivated by grafting different combinations of rootstocks to scions.
  • There are over 700 varieties of peaches - some Chinese variations are even flat like hockey pucks.
  • In China the peach is a symbol of longevity and good luck.
  • 1565 is the starting date of the first peach orchard in Florida.
  • Nectarines are just peaches without the fuzz.
  • "Free Stone" peach just refers to how the flesh of the peach separates from the pit.

Fun Facts About Apples

Not only are apples great tasting and good for your health, but they’re also a lot of fun! Here are some fun facts about apples:

  • The first apple trees were planted by the pilgrims in the Massachusetts Bay colony.
  • The first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, NY in 1730.
  • The science of apple growing is referred to as pomology.
  • China produces more apples than any other country.
  • Apple trees don't bear their first fruit until they are four or five years old.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family, along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
  • Apples are not self-pollinating. They need bees to pollinate the flowers to form the fruit.
  • 25% of an apple’s volume is air, which is why they float.
  • The average person eats 65 apples per year.
  • One medium apple contains about 80 calories.
  • There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the U.S.; 7,500 varieties are grown throughout the world.
  • Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Fuji are the five most commonly consumed apples in the U.S.
  • It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
  • One apple has 5 grams of fiber. They’re also fat, sodium and cholesterol free.
  • Don’t peel your apple! Two-thirds of the fiber and many of the antioxidants are found in the apple peel.
  • The game of apple-bobbing began as a Celtic New Year’s tradition for trying to determine one’s future spouse.
  • Americans eat an average of 50.4 pounds of apples and apple products each year.
  • The largest apple picked weighed three pounds.
  • The world’s largest apple peel was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976, in Rochester, NY and was 172 feet, 4 inches long. (She was 16 years old at the time and grew up to be a sales manager for an apple tree nursery.)
  • The largest U.S. apple crop was 277.3 million bushels in 1998.


We love our orchards and know you will too.
We regret that we cannot allow animals into the orchard.
Please visit us soon and remember to eat fruit at least five times daily!

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