Facts About Apples: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Become an apple expert by learning all there is to know about apples! Identify different types of apples, examine apples and their role throughout history and learn interesting additional facts about this popular fruit.

Apples, Apples Everywhere!

Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce - yum! These are just a few of the popular American foods that use apples as a main ingredient. Apples are one of the most commonly purchased fruits in the United States. They are considered a fruit because they contain seeds. Apples grow on apple trees, which are part of the rose family.

Types of Apples

There are over 7,500 types of apples in the world and 2,500 types of apples in the United States. Apples come in a variety of sizes: some apples are as small as a grape, while others can weigh up to three pounds! Apples come in different colors too: red, green or yellow.

One of the most popular red apples is the Red Delicious apple. This bright red apple is said to have gotten its name in the late 1800s when a farmer exclaimed, 'That's delicious!' after taking a bite from this sweet, juicy fruit. Most people use Red Delicious apples for snacking instead of cooking because they tend to lose their flavor when they are baked.

Golden Delicious apples, which are in no way related to Red Delicious, are a well-liked type of yellow apple. They are very sweet, but they can bruise easily, so you have to be careful not to drop a Golden Delicious. The Golden Delicious originated in West Virginia and is now the state fruit of West Virginia.

A very common green apple is the Granny Smith. It tastes completely different than other apples because it is much more tart than other varieties. This apple got its name because of an elderly lady named Mrs. Smith who lived in Australia in the 1800s. She had an accident with the seedling from another apple and created this tart, green apple by mistake!

Apples in History

Scientists have discovered that human beings have been eating apples as early as 6500 B.C. In parts of Europe, apples date back to around 3000 B.C. When the Pilgrims came to the United States in the 1600s, they planted the first American apple tree in Massachusetts.

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