SELAH, WA--(Marketwire - Oct 1, 2012) - Did you know October is National Apple Month? While apples are a part of many people's daily lives, they may not know much about the ever-famous fruit.
In honor of National Apple Month, which began in 1904, Tree Top, a grower-owned co-op and only major brand of apple juice from 100% USA apples, has prepared some fun facts to help educate you and your family about this timeless, healthful fruit staple:
The crabapple, a small sour fruit resembling the familiar table apple, is the only apple native to North America.
Apples are the third largest staple for growers in America, following oranges and grapes.
Throughout all 50 states, more than 20 billion apples are produced each year.
The U.S. produces 2,500 varieties of apples, and more than 7,500 apples are grown throughout the world.
Apples account for 50 percent of the world's deciduous fruit tree production. The largest apple ever picked weighed three pounds.
Consumption and Nutrition:
The average U.S. consumer eats an estimated 16 pounds of fresh apples per year.
Apples are fat, sodium and cholesterol free.
Two-thirds of the fiber and many of the antioxidants found in apples can be found in the peel.
Apple consumption has been associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Apples deliver quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.
25 percent of an apple's volume is air, that's why they float!
For more than 50 years, Tree Top has shared its passion for fruit -- with a particular fondness toward apples. The co-op, which produces fruit-based products, remains true to its small town heritage of craftsmanship and quality.
About Tree Top
Since 1960, Tree Top has provided premium, quality juices; fruit based products and ingredients to consumers and most of the world's leading manufacturers. The grower-owned cooperative operates eight processing facilities in the heart of Washington's apple country, Oregon and California close to the growers' farms. With more than 1,100 growers, the co-op creates the widest array of fruit-based products and ingredients available on the market. Tree Top's passion and attention to quality and craftsmanship makes it the first choice for customers. For more information, visit www.treetop.com.