Do you enjoy biting into an apple now and again? If so, what kind of apple do you enjoy? If you enjoy eating apples or just love the smell of them, this post filled with ten amazing facts about apples is sure to be for you. I have scoured the internet looking for the most interesting and fact-filled apple facts I could find and here is what I consider to be the ten best…
FACT 1: Apples Are part of The Rose Family!
Just like pears, almonds, peaches and plums and many other plants, the humble apple is part of the rose family (Rosaceae) which is a medium-sized family of flowering plants, including 4,828 known species in 91 genera!
FACT 2: The Apple is NOT the Forbidden Fruit of Eden!
In fact, the forbidden fruit in the Book of Genesis is not identified! Popular Christian tradition holds that Adam and Eve ate an apple from the forbidden tree but it seems this story is influenced by the story of the golden apples in the Garden of Hesperides. As a result, the apple became a symbol for knowledge, immortality, temptation, the fall of man and sin. Poor apple, it never had a fair trial.
FACT 3: Apples Help Improve Your Memory!
An apple is said to contain high levels of” “boron, which stimulates the electrical activity of the brain and increases mental alertness, thus helping you remember a lot more. It won’t turn you into a genius, but you should consider eating them while studying.
FACT 4: Sekai Ichi is The World’s Most Expensive Apple
Just when you thought it was an iPhone the Sekai Ichi apple comes along and claims the glory. Since the first Sekai Ichi apples were grown in 1974 this type of apple has been known as the cultivar of apples and while it is considered to be one of the largest varieties of apples, its $21 (£16) per apple price tag might put a lot of people off eating one.
FACT 5: Apples Float in Water!
Because an apple is 25% air it doesn’t sink! While it might seem a lot denser than it is the apple is quite an airy little fruit and floats on water even what smaller fruits like grapes don’t.
FACT 6: The Heaviest Apple in The World Weighed 1.849 kg (4 lb 1 oz)!
Picked by Chisato Iwasaki at his apple farm in Hirosaki City, Japan in October 2005 this oversized Hokuto apple was a real monster and much, much larger than the usual size of a Hokuto apple leading people to believe it might have been a hybrid of a Matsu and Fuji apple.
FACT 7: The Fear of Apples is Called Malusdomesticaphobia!
This is not just a fear of eating apples, but seeing them as well! I could understand Sir Isaac Newton suffering from Malusdomesticaphobia, but how other people develop it is beyond me.
FACT 8: Apples Are Grown in Every State of America!
While the type of apples grown does vary as does the size of the apple orchard it is the only fruit and indeed crops that ALL 50 states grow for commercial reasons.
FACT 9: The Tiddly Pomme is the Smallest Type of Apple
At just 42 mm (1.6 inches) it is about the same size as a golf ball and while you might not want to use them for anything other than a light snack you can buy them from many places, including Marks & Spencer! (a posh UK supermarket)
FACT 10: Apples Help Keep Your Teeth White!
Apples contain malic acid which is a natural a chemical used in teeth whitening products that helps dissolve stains. So not only does eating them help keep your teeth white, but they are also used in almost all teeth whitening products!