With the fall season comes more attention to the apple — but how much do you know about this ancient fruit? Here are some interesting facts:
- Pomology is the science of apple growing.
- Apples are the hardiest and most widely cultivated of all tree fruits, and are members of the Rose family.
- They are fat free and a great source of fiber.
- Apples have been found to reduce the risk of strokes, decrease tumor growth and the incidence of cancer. The adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is very justified!
- Apples are 75% water and are thus very thirst quenching.
- Apples are ‘self-incompatible’- you need two trees growing near each other to have successful pollination.
- Over 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the U.S. and about 100 kinds are sold commercially.
- In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage and her catching it signaled an acceptance.
- Apple orchards have enormous benefits and cooling effects to the environment by removing huge amounts of carbon dioxide and generating tons of oxygen.
Apples are used in all sorts of cooking from baking to gourmet dinners. See and enjoy some ideas pictured above!
Recipes shown in photo (From Top Left and Clockwise) www.marthastewart.com; www.onegirlinthekitchen.com; www.lovefromtheoven.com; www.sprinkebakes.com; www.pickypalate.com; www.justataste.com; www.Iamafoodblog.com; www.willcookforsmiles.com and in center, www.cookingcanuck.com.