The average American eats more than 26 pounds of apples per year, making apples the most consumed fruit in the U.S. There are more than 100 varieties of apples grown in the U.S., including recognizable names such as Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Fuji. Apples are nutritious, portable, and can last up to two months when refrigerated, ensuring that consumers have access to fresh supplies all year long.
As the second largest producer of apples worldwide, the U.S. apple industry and its downstream revenue annually contribute more than $20 billion to the U.S. economy and provide 140,000 jobs. Apples are grown in all 50 states, but orchards are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, with the state of Washington harvesting about 6 out of every 10 apples grown in the U.S. Other major producing states include New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.