Apple facts:

  • China is the world’s biggest apple producer, spouting out 25 million of the fruit in 2005, with the US a distant second at 4 million
  • Apples could indeed keep the doctor away, with studies indicating they could reduce the risk of various cancers
  • Apples have vitamin C and other antioxidant compounds, as well as fiber
  • The Big Apple is a moniker for New York City
  • The term was first made popular in the 1920s by John J Fitz Gerald, a sports writer for the New York Morning Telegraph, in a reference to horse racing
  • The nickname is said to have its roots in African-American culture
  • And, not least, the Big Apple is where we’re headed next. Woo hoo!