With about 7500 varieties worldwide, apples are among the most widely consumed fruits on earth, second only to the banana in America. Most of the 2500 varieties grown in the U.S. are hybrids of the apples first brought to America by early colonists who established orchards in Massachussets and Virginia. Johnny Appleseed was a real person who traveled America in the early 1800s planting apple seeds as he went. (His real name was Johnny Chapman.) Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
- contains quercetin, a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoid
- one of the best foods available to ward off cancer and harmful viruses
- high fructose content requires less insulin to digest, forestalling diabetic reactions
- fibrous, juicy, and nonsticky, apples are excellent for health of teeth and gums