It wouldn’t be fall without our favorite autumn fruit – big, crisp apples. They’re also to thank for one of our favorite seasonal drinks – hot Spiced Apple Cider. Yet, while apples may be common this time of year, there’s a lot about them we didn’t know! Enjoy your next cider with these fun facts.

Spiced Apple Cider

  • Roses are red, and so are some apples – but, all apples belong to the rose family of plants (as do pears, peaches, plums and cherries).
  • Pomology refers to the science of apple growing. The term stems from the Latin root of similar meaning pom, and isn’t too far off from the French word for apple, une pomme.
  • Did you bob for apples this season? Apples are 25% air – hence why they floated in the barrel!
  • Worldwide, there are over 7500 unique breeds of apples, and the U.S. has 2500 types. Don’t feel too overwhelmed – only 100 are grown for commercial sale.
  • About 36 apples go into one gallon of apple cider.
  • Apples likely had a place at the first Thanksgiving feasts, considering that the first U.S. apple trees were planted by pilgrims in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Live somewhere chilly? Try your luck planting an apple tree – since they bloom in late spring, there’s less chance of frost damage and they can withstand colder climates (hence why apples are so often associated with New England autumns!).
  • If you overpicked on your last apple-picking trip, pop your apples in the refrigerator. They ripen 10 times faster at room temperature than they do when refrigerated! Of course, you can also bake a bunch into a tasty treat (like these Baked Apples, or the Apple, Olive Oil & Lavender Cake from our cookbook) – Macintosh apples especially are great for pies.

Have a favorite apple recipe? Share with us in the comments! And, be sure to stop in this season for a spiced apple cider, available hot or cold.