September 1st marks the beginning of National Apple Month, a 90-day promotional event that extends to November 30th. With the cooler temperatures and kids heading back to school, apples are the perfect lunchtime snack or ingredient for fall baking. Here are some quick facts about apples:
- There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the worldwide; about 2,500 of those are grown in the United States. Apples are grown in every state but only 36 states grow apples commercially.
- Americans eat approximately 18.7 pounds of fresh apples and 29.7 pounds of processed apples annually for a total of 48.4 pounds of apples and apple products.
- Fresh apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air
- The most popular variety in the United States is the Red Delicious, followed by the Golden Delicious, Fuji, Granny Smith and Gala to round out the top five.
- Nutritionally, a medium size apple has about 80 calories, has zero fat and is an excellent source of dietary fiber.
Although the U.S. annual crop estimates are at a 15-year low, there should still be plenty of volume out there to satisfy your fall promotion needs. So stock up now on some of the old variety favorites and try some new ones to temp the taste buds of those impulse shoppers.