Just like that, October has nearly passed us by and with it, National Apple Month. To wrap up our favorite month, we want to instill some apple wisdom in our fellow fruit-lovers that will stick around long after October ends.

The next time you find yourself in need of fun, random facts, or wandering the grocery store aisles, remember this post as we share our top apple facts. From enjoying good health and memory, to strengthened bones and perhaps a future spouse – we’ve got the facts.

Read on apple lovers for 10 amazing apple facts:

  1. It isn’t ancient history: “Ate an apfel avore gwain to bed Makes the doctor beg his bread” translates into modern day expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
  2. Selfie Pro: Stemilt apples are the pioneers of the “selfie” and always look their best after having more than 30 photos taken before being shipped to grocery store shelves.
  3. Keep it light: Researchers at Harvard University found a higher intake of foods rich in flavonols, flavan- 3-ols, anthocyanins and flavonoids, all of which are found in apples, was associated with less weight gain among adults aged 27-65 and may contribute to the prevention of obesity and its potential consequences. (BMJ 2016; 352: i17)
  4. Nothing Sour About It: Granny Smith is the leader when it comes to weight loss. The tart green Granny Smith apples benefit the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon due to their high content of non-digestible compounds, including dietary fiber and polyphenols, and low content of available carbohydrates. One study showed that Granny Smith apples surpassed all other common varieties in the amount of non-digestible compounds they contain. (Food Chemistry, Oct. 2014). Learn more about apple health and nutrition on our website.
  5. Enjoy good health and memory? Mounting research suggests powerful antioxidants in apples and apple products play an essential role in reducing risks of prevalent diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. Learn more here.
  6. Be invincible: Research from University of Illinois suggests soluble fiber, like pectin from apples, may strengthen the immune system.
  7. Love at first bite: Apples are a symbol of love and fertility. The happy couple in the seventh century B.C., would share an apple as a symbol of their marriage and hopes for a fruitful union.
  8. Bobbing for a spouse? The apple bobbing game was a Celtic New Year’s tradition for determining one’s future spouse.
  9. Home is where the apple is: The top apple-producing state is Washington – home of Stemilt!
  10. Apples for sale: The top 10 apple varieties soldin the U.S. are: Gala, Red Delicious, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Cripp’s Pink/Pink Lady®, Braeburn and Jazz®.

Did we miss any of your favorite apple facts? Share in the comments below.