1. Apples are the third most popular fruit in the world (after bananas and mangos).
2. An average person eats about 65 apples per year.
3. They belong to Rosaceae family, just like roses (and apricots, almonds, peaches, pears, ...).
4. Majority of apples is grown in only five countries: China, Italy, Poland, Turkey, and the USA.
5. There are more than eight thousand varieties of apples grown worldwide. It's the largest variety of fruit in the world.
6. An apple consists 25% of air. This is why apples float on water.
7. Word apple was used for any kind of fruit except for berries until 1600 and even longer. This means we don't know for sure which fruit was really a forbidden fruit in the Bible. Only after several painters decided to present it as an apple as today's apple, it became what we consider it as an apple.
8. Apples contain vitamin C, pectin, procyanidins and quercitin, all considered as substances with anti-cancer potential.
9. Apple seeds contain cyanide, a deadly poison. You need to eat a lot of seeds to get into trouble though. Don't do that, please.
10. Before an apple tree produces a fruit it needs at least four years pass. Sometimes even a decade. If you plan to have your own orchard with apple trees, start early and have kids to fully enjoy them.
11. Malusdomesticaphobia is a rare condition where somebody is afraid of apples (Malus domesticus).
12. In Latin word, malum is used for apple and evil.
13. With the controlled atmosphere, storage apples can be available to supermarket almost all year round. This means you can buy an apple which was picked almost one year ago and it's just right for eating.
14. Six American states have an apple as an official fruit: Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.
15. The most popular varieties of apples are Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Fuji.
16. An apple at ripening gives off ethylene gas which accelerates the ripening of other fruit and vegetable - like avocado, kiwi, mango, peach, pear, plum, tomato, ...
17. Apples can be stored in a refrigerator up to 50 days. They ripen up to 10 times faster when left outside of the fridge at room temperature.
18. Another useful trick to prolong the shelf life of the apples is waxing them.
19. Science about apple growing is called pomology.
20. An apple tree can live up to one hundred years.
21. Two-thirds of so precious apple fiber is stored in the core.
22. Apples are rich with boron, micronutrient which stimulates electrical activity in the brain and is great for mental alertness.
23. An apple tree is probably more than a million year old and originates in Central Asia.
24. An apple tree needs an energy of 50 leaves to produce one fruit.
25. The most expensive apple in the world is Japanese Sekai Ichi. It costs about 20 Euros per piece.
26. The largest grown apple ever weighted 1,85 kg and was picked in Hirosaki City, Japan in 2005.