According to the Apple Association, the fruit originated in the Caucasus Mountains of Asia. New York Gov. Peter Stuyvesant planted an apple tree from Holland on the corner of Third Avenue and 13th Street in New York City in 1647. Missionaries planted orchards near the Niagara River also in 1700. America’s first commercial nursery was established in Oyster Bay in 1730. McIntosh apples were first propagated and planted in the Champlain Valley in 1835.
It takes three bushels to make a gallon of cider. A bushel weighs 42 pounds and will also yield 20 to 24 quarts of applesauce, according to the Apple Association. More information on apples, including recipes and nutrition facts, is available at www.nyapplecountry.com.