Today begins the biggest festival of the year around here, Applefest. People come from all around to cruise our small town and buy from the food and craft vendors crammed in the park (and take all our parking spaces and clog up our sidewalks, but I’ll try not to rant too much here). This morning, I woke my family at 5 a.m. so we could get to the apple pancake breakfast before the line wrapped around the block. A little insane, yes, but cheerfully done in the spirit of tradition.
In honor of the apple and Applefest, I’m taking a break from grants-talk today to share some fun apple facts from the Franklin Public Library children’s librarian, Carolyn Shulik.
- 25% of an apple is air, which is why they float.
- It takes approximately 2 pounds of apples to make one 9-inch pie.
- It takes approximately 36 apples to make a gallon of cider.
- Most apples are still picked by hand.
- The largest apple ever picked weighed 3 pounds.
- The science of growing apples is called pomology.
- The first American apple nursery was opened in 1730, in Flushing, NY.
- 2500 varieties of apples are grown in the U.S.
- Apple trees usually do not bear any fruit until they are 4 or 5 years old.
- China is the leading producer of apples at 1.2 billion bushels per year.
- In colonial times, apples were called winter bananas.
- Apples are a member of the rose family.