Perhaps the most commonly consumed fruit in America is the apple, with many studies suggesting that very fact. Although the US is responsible for only 7.5 percent of the world’s apple production, the apple holds a fundamental cultural grip over the heart of Americans. From Fuji to Braeburn, the over 7,500 varieties of the tree fruit – and the delicious dishes that can be made with them – make for a sweet adventure for anyone willing to take the journey.
Apple History and Culture
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (19)Apples were brought to North America in the 17th century by colonists, and the first apple orchard in America was said to be near Boston in 1625. Washington state developed irrigation methods early in the 20th century that helped make the fruit industry what it is today. Farmers regularly stored their apples in frost-proof cellars for personal use or sale during the winter, but today controlled atmosphere storage is the preferred method of keeping apples fresh. The process cycles air through facilities with high humidity and low oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. This process keeps the apples fresh for travel.
Nearly everyone has heard the proverb, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but is it a true statement? According to a 2011 study by the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at Florida State University, apples work magic against bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol and contributing to weight loss. Researchers involved in the study suggest that apple pectin – a white substance underneath the skin of the apple – binds to cholesterol in the stomach and ferries it out of the body. Eating only two and a half ounces per day can lower bad cholesterol by 23 percent while boosting good cholesterol by 3 to 4 percent, which would be considered spectacular results even with cholesterol-lowering drug use.