Apples are a much beloved fall treat deeply intertwined with the history of mankind.
They are a wildly popular fruit – but how much do you REALLY know about apples?
We’ve compiled this short blog to tell you more about them.
1.) Apples have been cultivated by humans for 3,000 years
This wild fruit has been around since prehistoric times and has been cultivated by humans for more than 3,000 years. Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been growing them since at least 6500 B.C.
2.) Two-thirds of the fiber and many antioxidants are found in the peel.
Don’t peel this fruit before you eat them. The antioxidants found within can help to reduce damage to cells, which can help with disease prevention. This is where the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” comes from.
3.) Apples and roses are in the same family tree.
The Rosaceae family includes roses, apples, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries and cherries. If you look closely at the flowers on these herbs, shrubs, and fruiting trees, you will notice the similarities.
4.) Apples will ripen 6 to 10 times faster at room temperature.
- This fruit will keep outside of a fridge for 7 days or can be kept longer in the fridge. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch so keep an eye on your fruits and separate ones that are turning. No need to throw them away, use them up by cutting off the bad parts, make applesauce or throw them in a smoothie.
5.) Fresh apples float because 25% of their volume is air!
Have you ever bobbed for an apple and wondered why they float? This is because 25% of their volume is air which makes it less dense than water and allows it to stay afloat.
6.) There are 7,500 varieties of apples in the world!
Can you believe it? According to the University of Illinois, there are 7,500 varieties of apples across the globe! The crab apple is the only apple native to North America.
7.) Global warming puts apple crops at great risk
This 3,000 year tradition of cultivating this fruit is now at risk due to human induced climate change. It is well documented that extreme weather changes puts crop yields at great risk. New research indicates that the quality is also impacted along with the cost of food. It has been found in China that the number of wild apples have shrunk by 90% in the last 50 years attributed to human development.
Continue the longstanding tradition of humans enjoying apples and support your local growers with these healthy treats!
Having these treats pre-sliced can encourage healthy snacking habits that keeps the doctor away. Our friends at Nature Knows Inc have developed a way to prepare healthy snacks in sustainable packaging!
If you enjoy cooking, baking and makin’ in the kitchen, why not try out this delicious recipe for Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie? It was shared by RAOG Business Members, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition having been originally published on the Holistic Hormone Health blog.
If you don’t have a sweet tooth, this recipe for Kale, Apple and Quinoa Salad might be more up your street. It was posted by our friends at Fanimal and includes another fall favourite: butternut squash!
Lastly, with thanksgiving looming, this recipe for Apple & Sage Stuffin‘ by The Very Good Butchers sounds absolutely delicious! If you make it, send some to Random Acts of Green HQ!
If you enjoyed 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Apples, you will love our blog post “6 Edible Wilds You Didn’t Know You Could Eat“
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