Did you know…
North Carolina is among the top ten producers of apples in the United States?

We are proud of our growing tradition that can trace it’s heritage back nearly half a century!

The NC Apple Growers Association has been in existence since April 1964,
and provides support, information, advice, and fellowship for apple growers in North Carolina.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away – so true!

The age-old adage, “An Apple A Day…” is being more and more clearly substantiated.

Apples are naturally sweet and fun to eat

Naturally sweet and fun to eat. Fiber in an apple has been linked to help reduce serum cholesterol levels. Numerous studies have shown a link between high consumption of fruits and vegetables with a lower risk in different cancers.

Apples are rich in pectin

Apples are rich in pectin. Pectin and mild acids found in apples help fight body toxins, aid digestion and pep up the whole system. Pectin too has been associated with helping to keep cholesterol levels in balance and is significant in helping to reduce the incidence of certain types of heart disease.

Apples have a high potassium/low sodium ratio

The high potassium/low sodium ratio is important in certain cardiac and renal problems as well as in diet for overweight persons.

Are apples good for infants?

The mild nature and low acidic content of apples are more readily accepted and digested by infants, and causes less colic and rash-related disorders.

Are apples good for your nerves?

Studies have shown that person’s eating apples regularly have fewer headaches and other illnesses associated with nervous tension.

Can apples help my teeth?

Apples are “Nature’s Toothbrush”. The mild fibrous texture of the apple, its non-adherent nature, juice content and mouth watering appeal to accelerate salivary action all combine to make it a wonderful natural aid for cleansing teeth.

Can apples help ward off colds?

Studies have demonstrated an association of regular apple consumption with a reduced incidence of colds and other upper respiratory ailments.

How are apples from North Carolina used?

Forty percent of the state’s crop is marketed as fresh apples through packing operations and direct marketing outlets while the remaining 60% is utilized in the processing industry, mainly as applesauce and juice.

How long can apples be stored?

Apples stored in commercial refrigerated storage will keep for 4-6 months, but for long term storage up to 12 months, growers use CA storage. Apples for CA are picked at their peak of internal quality and condition. They are rushed into CA storage the day they are picked. The oxygen level is lowered to 1.5-3%, temperature is reduced to 30-32 F, and carbon dioxide levels are monitored and controlled.

How many apple producers are there in NC?

NC has over 200 commercial apple operations comprised of 9,000 bearing acres of apple orchards.

How many apples can a tree produce?

A fully producing apple tree may grow up to 20-bushel boxes of apples per year.

How many apples do people eat?

Americans eat approx. 18.5 pounds of fresh apples annually, compared to about 46 pounds annually of many European counties.

How many bushels of apples are produced each year?

Up to 4 million bushels of apples can be produced in a given year.

No fat, lots of fiber

Apples contain zero fat per serving. Fiber content is 5 grams per servings. (FDA revised guidelines)

Peak harvest of NC apples is mid August through October.

Peak harvest of NC apples is mid August through October.

What apple varieties are grown in North Carolina?

The four major varieties, which make up the bulk of NC’s production, are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty and Galas.

What book of the Bible used the phrase “apple of his eye”?

Deuteronomy 32:10 “He found him in a desert land and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye”.

What is the best way to store apples at home?

Always refrigerate your apples as cold as possible without freezing. Apples will ripen and therefore turn soft 10 times faster at room temperature and nearly 5 times faster at 40 degrees F.

What is the life cycle of an apple tree?

An apple tree begins to blossom and bear fruit in as few as 3 years, depending on the variety and rootstock. Generally speaking, it is 8-10 years before a commercial orchard begins to reach full production and begins giving the grower a return on investment. For complete faxed report call 202-205-5592.

What is the nutritional value of apples?

What is the nutritional value of apples? An apple’s primary nutritional benefit is in the pectin and fiber. Apples contain as much fiber as a whole bowl of most popular cereals. Other important natural chemicals called flovonoids may play a role in prevention of certain cancers and heart disease.

What makes apples turn red?

What makes apples turn red? The cool nights of late August and early September trigger the change in the enzymes of the apple skin to change the color from green to red. This same condition will put a pink “blush” on green Granny Smiths and add the yellow color to Golden Delicious Apples.

Where does NC rank with respect to other states in apple production?

NC ranks seventh in apple production in the United States.

Where in NC are apples produced?

Apples are produced in four areas of the state around the Henderson, Haywood, Wilkes and Cleveland areas.