Apples are an example of pomaceous fruit in which the perianth or whorl of flower petals are fused at the apex, forming a crown. The apple is one of the most popular fruits in many regions of the world, and it is also one of the most widely grown fruit trees in North America.
In the United States alone, the consumption of apples is second only to bananas. Apple also has numerous varieties and types of apples which can be used for various purposes. Some examples of apple varieties are Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Golden Delicious.
What is the largest apple?
A new world record has been set for the largest apple. The giant fruit, called “Big Red”, weighs in at 9 pounds and is 16 inches around. It was found on a tree owned by Jim McCollum of Fruita Colorado who sold it to an unnamed buyer for $8,000. Big Red was grown without any human-made fertilizer or pesticides because that would have made it too big to be able to pick off the tree safely. Instead, McCollum had to use a ladder and a pole with a hook on the end to pick it.
This apple was reportedly grown from a seed found in the belly of an airplane that crashed 46 years earlier. McCollum also claims to have grown other massive apples and was able to sell them for $5,000 each.