Apple-picking season arrives
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URBANA -- Apples are
ripening in orchards across Illinois, and a trek to a local apple
orchard can be a fun and educational family outing, said Ron
Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator
based in Chicago.
Wolford noted there are several
interesting facts associated with the fruit.
"There are over 2,500 varieties of
apples grown in the United States and 7,500 worldwide," he said.
"China leads the world in apple production. Apples are grown in all
50 states. On average, each American eats around 46 pounds of fresh
and processed apple products a year. That's a lot of applesauce!"
Americans, Wolford added, eat about 65
fresh apples each year. Apples are free of fat, sodium and
cholesterol. They are also a great source of fiber. One medium apple
has about 80 calories.
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When taking a family trip to a local
orchard, Wolford recommends observing the following guidelines:
suggested that people interested in more information about apples
and a list of local apple orchards call (773) 233-0476 or check out
"Apples & More" at
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