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Take a virtual visit to the two apple farms featured in our story by going to www.valleyvieworchardpies.com and www.mcdougalorchards.com
According to the University of Illinois Extension web site, which has bushels of interesting apple facts, the top producing apple states are Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit. Some 2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States while 7500 are grown worldwide. The "Delicious" variety is the most widely grown in the United States. (How can there be so many varieties?
Apples are a member of the rose family and are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free. An average apple has 80 calories and is a good source of fiber.
On average, Americans eat around 20 pounds or 65 fresh apples per year. But if you add in our consumption of processed apple products like dried apples, applesauce, and apple juice, the total doubles to more than 42 pounds per year.
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