Apples to Apples

by J.J. Landis

Apples are handy snacks. You can throw one in your lunchbox or backpack to munch anytime you need a boost!

You may like to eat apples straight from the tree or sliced and dipped in peanut butter. Or maybe you’d rather slurp up some applesauce! What is your favorite way to eat apples? Whole, sliced, applesauce, apple butter, apple chips, caramel apples, apple pie?

There are more than 7,500 kinds of apples grown around the world! These apples come in many colors and can grow as large as a grapefruit or be as small as a cherry.

The only type of apple native to North America, however, is the crabapple. A crabapple is a miniature, wild apple. They can be red, orange, or yellow. Crabapples aren’t very tasty, though! Some can be cooked and made into jams and sauces, but many remain too sour and bitter to eat, even after cooking.

Find out more fun facts about apples and take our apple quiz in your November issue of SHINE brightly!