Core Facts about Washington Apples
Washington Apples. For generations, families in the United States and from around the globe have been able to point to the State of Washington as being THE source for the world’s finest apples. It’s no wonder why. Washington grows more apples than any other U.S. state. With its nutrient-rich soil, arid climate, plentiful water and advanced growing practices, Washington’s lush apple orchards have been lovingly tended by multiple generations of family farms. This produces top quality fruit that continues its legacy of being prized the world ‘round.
Apple Harvest and Seasonality
Harvest of Washington apples begins each year in August and continues until early November. Washington’s annual harvest yields more than 100 million boxes of apples, each weighing about 40 pounds.
Each and every Washington Apple is picked by hand. This maintains quality, and protects apples from bruising. There are no harvest machines to pick apples.
While there are about 2,500 known varieties of apples grown in the United States, and more than 7,500 grown around the world, there are eight primary varieties of apples grown in Washington, each with its own appeal. With flavors ranging from mild to super-sweet, and textures ranging from light and crisp to firm and crunchy, there’s a Washington Apple to suit every taste and any recipe!
Did You Know?
- 10 – 12 billion apples are harvested in Washington State each year. Each Washington apple is picked by hand. There are no harvest machines to pick apples.
- If you put all of the Washington State apples picked in a year side-by-side, they would circle the earth 29 times.
- About 2,500 known varieties of apples are grown in the United States. More than 7,500 are grown worldwide.
- Last year, the average U.S. consumer ate 16 pounds of fresh apples.
- Apples are the largest agricultural product grown in Washington State.
- Apples originated in Kazakhstan and were carried east by traders on the Silk Road.
- The only apple native to North America is the crabapple.
- Apple seeds are like people; you will never get the exact same type of apple from a planted seed.
- The Red Delicious apple began life as a chance seedling on an Iowa farm. A chance seedling is a viable apple variety that grows from a seed.