The apple fruit is one of the most popular fruits worldwide. It's great tasting, crunchy, comes in a variety of colors and flavors, and makes a great snack. Every woman baby boomer should be eating an apple a day and enjoying its many health benefits.
The apple fruit has grown in Asia and Europe for thousands of years and was brought the North America by colonists in the early 1600's. There are more than 7500 types of apples grown worldwide, and the United States grows about 2500 of them. Some popular types of apples are: Cortland, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Empire, Fuji, Gala, McIntosh, Cripps Pink, Granny Smith, and Winesap.
China is the largest grower and exporter of apples, producing 41 percent of the world's apples. The United States is the second largest producer, but Chile is the second largest exporter. Apples grow in all 50 states, but Washington State is the largest producer (60%) followed by New York and Michigan.
Apples are very versatile. They can be eaten as is or baked. They make the yummiest cakes and pies, and can be added to salads, grains, meats and vegetables for a delicious touch. Try my Apple Crisp Recipe!