Apple Facts

Quick Facts

  • iStock_000026412684_MediumPA ranks 4th in the US in apple production
  • Approximately 11 million bushels of apples are grown per year in PA
  • There are close to 19,000 apple-bearing acres in PA
  • The PA apple industry contributes $80 million to economy annually
  • PA exports more than $3 million worth of apples each year to all parts of the world
  • 30% of Pennsylvania’s apples are used for fresh market; 60% are used for processing
  • Apples are grown in all 67 counties of PA
  • PA grows hundreds of apple varieties

Did you know that Pennsylvania ranks fourth in apple production in the country—behind Washington, Michigan and New York. In 2012, there were almost 19,000 apple-bearing acres in Pennsylvania. PA’s apple industry contributes nearly $80 million per year to the economy. Close to $3 million of the total economic impact is a result of apple exports to Central America, India, Israel and elsewhere.

Pennsylvania typically produces about 11 million bushels—or 440 million pounds—each year. The 11 million bushels are used both for fresh market and for processing into apple products like applesauce, butter, slices, cider and juice.

Pennsylvania’s diverse climate, topography and soil conditions, create the perfect recipe for growing delicious tasting apples. There are literally hundreds of apple varieties grown throughout the state, from those typically available only at farm markets, to lesser-known heirloom varieties and popular commercial varieties commonly found at retail grocery chains.

Apples are grown in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, but Adams, Franklin, Bedford, Berks, and York counties lead in apple production. 

Apple Fun Facts

iStock_000002970706_MediumPennsylvania apples are great, but all apples are interesting all around. Did you know…?

  • There are over 10,000 know varieties of apples grown throughout the world and there are 3,000 in the United States alone
  • The first American apple orchard was planted around 1625 by William Blackstone on Boston’s Beacon Hill
  • October is National Apple Month
  • The apple appears throughout history as a symbol of love
  • Cut an apple in half (across the center) to reveal a hidden star
  • Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were both apple orchardists



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