Northwest Quarterly Quiz: Apples: The Immigrant Fruit

The phrase “as American as apple pie” is ironic, since the only apples native to the U.S. are crabapples. Nevertheless, we grow more of them than anyone except China. Some 2,500 varieties are grown throughout all 50 states. In Illinois, a trip to the local orchard is not only a beloved autumn tradition, but also a good way to find the freshest, most flavorful apples. Test your knowledge about this healthful fruit that grew up here alongside our immigrant ancestors.

Welcome to your Apples: The Immigrant Fruit

The first U.S. apple trees were planted by:

Which variety is most widely grown in the U.S.?

Apples are a member of which family:

The science of growing apples and other tree fruits is called:

What apple was cultivated to have larger-than-average cells, in order to make it crunchier?

A good baking apple holds its shape when cooked. Which of these is not generally recommended for apple pie?

Which of these sets is not among the 10 most popular apple varieties produced in the U.S. today?

How many pounds of apples are needed to make one 9-inch pie?

Which of these statements is false? Apples are:

All apples depend upon which of these for survival?

Apples can be grown farther north than many other fruits because:

Which is not a top apple-producing state?

About how many apples are needed to make 1 gallon of cider?

Which type of apple, developed in part by the University of Illinois, was named the Illinois State Fruit in 2008?