Learn more about apples, including apple facts, apple harvest statistics, and how this favorite fruit can enhance Halloween celebrations
Apples are the most consumed fruit in the U.S., with the average person consuming about 28 pounds per year. As a result, it’s easy to see why apples are one of the most valuable fruit crops in the nation and why the U.S. has so many apple producers – 7,500 – who grow, on average, 240 million bushels of each year on an approximated 322,000 acres of land.
Apple Facts and Apple Harvest Statistics from Across the U.S.
According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, the U.S. is the second-largest apple producer in the world, with 32 states raising apples for commercial purposes and approximately 200 unique apple varieties grown across the country. Growing 65 to 70 percent of the nation’s apple supply, Washington is the top apple-producing state in the country, followed by New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon, Ohio, and Idaho.
Harvest season varies across the nation, but in Washington – home to about 175,000 acres of apple orchards and growing 2.5 million tons of apples annually – the apple harvest begins in August and continues until early November. An interesting Washington apple fact is that each apple is picked by hand. This is highly impressive considering that if you put all of the state’s apples picked in a year side-by-side, they would circle the earth 29 times.
In New York, the second-largest apple producing state in the U.S., apples are typically harvested from early September to late October. The apple harvest season in Michigan (the nation’s third-largest apple producing state) often lasts from late August until the first of November.
Fun Ways to Enjoy Apples for Halloween
Given the popularity of apples and that many varieties are in season, it’s no surprise many people turn to apples for Halloween celebrations.
For example, apple bobbing is a favorite kids’ game that’s often played at Halloween parties. Caramel-dipped apples are typically enjoyed during the Halloween season, too, along with fun treats like Halloween Monster Apples that include green apples, almond or hazelnut butter, sunflower seeds, strawberries, and marshmallows. Thirsty? Halloween is also a great time to enjoy tasty beverages like apple cider and cranberry apple punch.
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