Apples are a delicious and versatile fruit. You can weigh apples the same way you would any other solid object, in ounces and pounds, but you can also measure the volume of apples using the peck unit of measure. A peck is equal to 10 to 12 pounds of apples, or 32 apples of average size.
What Else Is Equal to a Peck of Apples?
A peck of apples is not identical to 10 to 12 pounds of apples. You can convert a peck into apples in various ways. A peck of apples can yield three or four apple pies measuring 9 inches in diameter. A peck of apples prepared for freezing will provide seven to nine quarts, whereas a peck of apples prepared for canning would yield four quarts.
The next unit of measurement up from the peck is the bushel, which is equivalent to four pecks. A peck of apples equals 40 to 48 pounds, or around 128 medium-sized apples. A bushel of apples yields 16 to 20 quarts of canned apples and 30 to 36 quarts of frozen apples. A bushel of apples can also be used to make around fifteen apple pies.
American Production of Apples
The United States produced 272.7 million bushels of apples in 2018, which equates to 1.09 billion pecks and is close to 1998’s record yield of 277.3 million bushels. Over 2,500 of the world’s 7,500 apple types are grown in the United States. Thirty-six states cultivate apples commercially, however all fifty states are capable of growing apples. 50 acres is the average size of an apple orchard in the United States.
The United States is the world’s second-largest apple grower, behind China. The apple industry in the United States earns $3.6 billion annually and continues to expand. Washington, which produced 171 million bushels of apples in 2018, produced the most apples of any state in the country, followed by New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and California.
An Overview of Apples
Apples are surprisingly not native to the United States. In fact, only the crabapple is indigenous to North America. Apples developed in a region between the Caspian and Black Seas in the Middle East. The Greeks and Romans adored apples, and archaeologists have discovered burnt apple remains in prehistoric Swiss dwellings. The Norman Conquest of 1066 brought apples to Great Britain, and the English carried them to North America in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Jamestown has records of the first apple orchards in the United States, and when American settlers moved westward, apple cultivation grew across the continent. Late in the 19th century, growers in the state of Washington found the secret to industrial farming, and the state became the largest producer of apples in the United States. China surpassed the United States as the world’s leader in apple production about 1992. The American apple business rebounded at the turn of the 21st century, and while Washington state apples remained popular, the apple sector as a whole declined in the United States.
The Unexpectedly Accurate Legend of Johnny Appleseed
Most of us grew up hearing the tale of Johnny Appleseed, the mythical character credited with spreading the word about apple cultivation across the newly created United States. The fact that the story has a basis in reality is intriguing. John Chapman, who travelled the country planting apple plants, was in reality Johnny Appleseed. Chapman was born in Massachusetts in 1774, the son of a Revolutionary War veteran. Until his death in 1845, he was a mystic and nomadic explorer who planted cider apple trees throughout the northeast and midwest. His tree-planting exploits convinced farmers that they could develop apple crops, despite the fact that the cider apples he planted were unfit for consumption.
From Sweet to Tart Apples
Apples are available in a wide range of flavors, so whether you prefer sweet or sour fruit, you’ll be able to find an apple that suits your palate. Both sweet and sour apples are delicious on their own, but some are better for cooking than others. In pies and other dishes, a combination of sweet and sour apples can generate lively flavours. Kiku and Fuji apples are among the sweetest, whilst Pink Lady and Granny Smith are the sourest. Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, the two most popular apple varieties in the United States, fall in the middle of the flavour spectrum.