10 Weird Facts You Never Knew About Apples

They’re sweet, crunchy, and the perfect vehicle for getting peanut butter, chocolate and cheese into your mouth. What’s not to love about apples?

While you probably know the fruit’s myriad health benefits, odds are you aren’t aware of these cool (and very random) apple facts.

In honor of fall, we’re breaking them down. You’ll never look at an apple the same way again.

#1. Apples are actually part of the rose family, just like pears and plums.

#2. There are more than 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the U.S. That means if you had apple a day, it would take you nearly seven years to eat each kind.

#3. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world. It would take you more than 20 years to try them all if you ate one a day!

#4. It takes two pounds of apples to make one nine-inch apple pie.

#5. Apples ripen up to 10 times faster when you leave them out than when you refrigerate them.

#6. Ever wondered why apples float? It’s because 25 percent of their volume is made up by air.

#7. On average, apples contain 4.5 grams of fiber. It takes nearly two servings of Metamucil to get that same amount of fiber.

#8. Apples are grown in all 50 states.

#9. Pomology is the science of apple-growing.

#10. Apples can range in size from as small as a cherry to as big as a grapefruit.