23 Sep

Fun fall harvest facts

Apples and pumpkins and yams, oh my! It’s fall, and you know what that means: picking apples and pumpkins. But those aren’t the only fruits and vegetables this time of year!

Here are some cool facts about fall fruits and veggies:

Apples are worth a lot. In 2012, the apple crop was almost $3.1 billion. Nearly 9 billion pounds of apples were used that year! All 50 states grow apples, but Washington grows the most.

Nothing says fall like pumpkins. In 2012, more than 1.3 billion pounds of them were picked. That’s $148.9 million worth of pumpkins! (Wonder if any of them was the Great Pumpkin!)

Did you know? Illinois is pumpkin central. Ninety percent of U.S. pumpkins were grown within 90 miles of Peoria, IL. Most of these pumpkins will end up canned for such uses as pie filling. Mmmm, pumpkin pie.

Americans eat almost 50 pounds of fall vegetables each. But not at one meal, of course!

Sources: www.agmrc.org and www.ers.usda.gov.