Apples are one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan. It’s no surprise; Michigan apples are great fresh or in a variety of food products! Apples are in season from mid-August through mid-November. Fresh Michigan apples are available August through June thanks to controlled atmosphere storage. You can find processed apples all year in juice, canned and applesauce form.

 

Michigan apple facts:

  • The Michigan apples industry’s annual economic impact is estimated at $700-900 million
  • Michigan ranks 3rd in the nation in apple production
  • There are more than 9.2 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 36,500 acres on 850 family-run farms throughout Michigan’s lower peninsula
  • Michigan harvested about 126 million pounds of apples in 2012, but in a typical year averages 966 million pounds of apples
  • 60 percent of all Michigan apples are processed into other products
  • Michigan slices more apples than any other state for use in pies and fresh cut slices and also processes apples into applesauce, fresh and shelf-stable apple cider and apple juice

Nutrition:

  • Apples are naturally free from fat, cholesterol and sodium
  • They are an excellent source of fiber
  • Apples are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, which help protect the body from harmful free radicals
  • Apples are a good source of B-complex vitamins and trace amounts of minerals

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