Where are most apples grown?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question “where are most apples grown?”, and also discuss the favorite and preferred varieties of apples.

Where are most apples grown?

Most apples are grown in China. It has the world’s largest apple production, more than 41 million metric tons, nearly fifty percent of the global total. The European Union ranked second with approximately 11,500,000 metric tons. The United States produced 4.8 million metric tons, while Turkey produced 3 M metric tons. 

Apple is a well-known and extensively cultivated fruit. For thousands of years, Europe and Asia have been the continents where apples have been cultivated, and since then, apple cultivation has spread to all parts of the world where a suitable climate exists. Annual global apple production exceeded seventy-five million metric tons. 

China, the United States, Chile, Poland, and Italy were the top exporters of apples. Germany,  France, Russia, and the United Kingdom are the leading importers. Apples are among the easiest fruits to harvest and utilize. 

They are large, resistant to bruising, most variants store well, and can be consumed raw, in cooked form, canned, stored in a freezer, and in a variety of tasty and nutritious dishes. Apples are cholesterol-, sodium-, and fat-free. A bushel is around 42 and 48 pounds in weight. 

A medium apple contains approximately 80 calories. More than four thousand years ago, apples were believed to have Originated (in a region between both the Caspian and Black Seas).  They were the ancient Greeks’ and Romans’ favorite fruit. 

As early as the Norman conquest (1066), apples were introduced to England, where they became popular among English settlers who later brought apples to America in 1600 and 1700. North America’s only indigenous plant is the crabapple. John Chapman was born in 1774 near Leominster, Massachusetts, under the name Johnny Appleseed.

What is the season for apples?

Due to the global marketplace, fresh apples are available year-round in supermarkets, but the apple season in the northern hemisphere is normally from July to November. September and October mark the height of apple season.

Apple varieties that store well (but not all) can be kept for months in temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouses. That pushes back the beginning of apple season by six months, to March and April, when fruit originating in the southern hemisphere is at its peak. 

This indicates that from March until July, fresh apples sold in grocery stores in the United States arrive from the southern hemisphere, primarily from Chile and New Zealand. As per the U.S. Apple organization, this accounts for around 6 percent of the overall apple consumption in the United States.

What are the favorite varieties of apples and their applications?

Varieties of apples evolve over time. The vast majority of the American crop is consumed fresh, while the rest is processed (applesauce, apple juice, packaged apple slices, apple butter, etc.) 

Despite the fact that Red Delicious remains the most popular apple variety in the United States, apple growers are adapting their orchards to meet changing consumer demands by removing all but the largest branches from the trees and then grafting the new variety’s growing tips onto the branches that remain. 

This enables growers to produce the new strain rapidly (within two years) to meet the needs of customers. Honeycrisp, which has popularized over the traditional No. 1 apple, Red Delicious, is one such example. 

Current top-ten apple cultivars in the US are:

  • Red Delicious
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Fuji
  • Granny Smith
  • McIntosh
  • Honeycrisp
  • Rome
  • Empire
  • Cripps Pink

Red Delicious production continues to decline, while Honeycrisp production continues to rise.

What is the nutritional value of an apple?

Apples have soluble and insoluble fiber in abundance. It has phytochemicals (catechin, anthocyanin, quercetin,  chlorogenic acid). One medium apple contains approximately 95 cals, 0 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 19 g of sugar (found naturally), and 3 grams of fiber per serving.

Both quercetin and pectin, which are abundant in apples, are credited with providing their health benefits.  Kaempferol is a flavonoid, which is present in plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Pectin is a soluble fiber that avoids constipation and lowers VLDL and LDL. 

Beneficial bacteria in the colon can ferment pectin, which results in the formation of SCFA. These acids may play a role in the prevention of chronic diseases such as certain cancers and bowel disorders. Pectin can also be found in apples, pears, and other fruits and vegetables.

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Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question “where are most apples grown?”. We have also discussed the favorite varieties and preferences of apples

Reference

https://pickyourown.org/USapplecrop.htm

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.