Apples are considered to be the most popular fruit in the United States. Studies indicate that people in the U.S. consume an average of 120 apples per person each year. Other popular fruits in the U.S. include bananas, oranges and grapes.
More facts about apples:
- Worldwide, there are more than 7,500 identified varieties of apples. Of the 2,500-plus varieties of apples that are grown in the U.S., about 100 of those varieties are grown commercially. Some of them are cultivated across the nation, and others are produced and consumed in local or regional settings. The most popular apple variety is the Red Delicious, with the Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and McIntosh also among the more popular apples among consumers.
- The crabapple is the only variety of apple that is native to the U.S. Crabapples tend to be smaller than other varieties. In addition, crabapple trees tend to differ in terms of flowering time and the color of the foliage, and they are considered to be very low-maintenance trees.
- Although apples are grown in every state in the U.S., they are grown commercially in only 36 states.