There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown worldwide, with China producing 41 per cent of the fruit. The United States is the second largest apple producer.
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The major apple producing areas in China are along the Bohai Sea, the Yellow River lowlands, the Northern foot of the Qing-ling mountains, the Loess plateau in the Northwest and the highlands of the Southwest. The most common types of apples from China are: Red Fuji, Starkrimson, Golden Delicious, Gala and Jonagold.
The United States
Apples are the second most valuable fruit crop in the U.S. and they are harvested in the fall. Although they are not native to the U.S. they can grow in most of the 50 states, but are mostly found in Washington State, New York and Michigan.
Washington grows nine main varieties of apples including: the Fuji, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Cripps Pink, Cameo, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Gala.
Michigan also has several apple varieties like Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, Empire, Jonagold and Mutsu.
The state of New York is known best for the McIntosh and the Delicious apple varieties as well as the R.I. Greening and the Cortland.