Did you see any of those snow flurries yesterday? Looks like today will be the nicest weather of the week for outdoor activity. Windy, partly sunny and 55°. Just chilly enough to keep the orchard sleeping while we work hard to get ready for the busy bloom.
Everyone in the Hudson Valley knows apples grow on trees. There are some not so common facts that only real apple enthusiast would know. These trivia questions make for fun conversation around the dinner table with family or friends. If you are coming to PYO apples at Hurds Family Farm, you can take a group quiz in the car or on the bus ride from NYC. Try to get all 10 right without surfing the net, you may surprise yourself. The true fun is in learning new things, and at least a couple of these questions and their answers will make some new connections in your brain.
How did you do? Leave us a comment here or on our facebook. Did any of our trivia really surprise you?
Here is a printable version of the Hurds Apple Trivia Quiz. Click here for ANSWERS
1. What causes small oyster shell-like growths on fruit and branches?
b. Cedar Apple Rust
c. San Jose Scale
d. Stink Bugs
2. What fruit is called Nature's Toothbrush?
3. Why do apples float? There air is located between the cells of the fruit but when the apple is cooked these cells collapse forcing the air out and explaining the softer texture of a cooked apple. What percent of a raw apple is air?
a. Less than 5%
d. More than 30%
4. How many seeds are in an apple?
d. It depends on the Bees.
5. About how many apples does it take to make a gallon of apple cider?
d. None of the above
6. What does an apple tree symbolize?
b. golden apples of Hesperdes Garden
d. all of the above
7. Which of the following is found in apples?
8. Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit. How much did the biggest apple on record weigh?
a. 1 pound
b. 2 pounds
c. 3 pounds
d. More than 3 pounds
9. We recommend storing apples in the fridge because they ripen much faster at room temperature, how much faster?
a. Twice as fast
b. Three times as fast
c. 5 times faster
d. More than 5 times faster
10. Apple trees can live for more than 100 years. A celebrated pear tree in Danvers, Mass. still bears fruit at the ripe old age of ….?
a. 150 years
b. 200 years
c. 300 years
d. More than 350 years