Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions.
Apple trees are large if grown from seed. There are more than 7,500 known growers of apples, each one growing their apples for various tastes and uses, including cooking, eating raw and cider production.
Worldwide production of apples in 2014 was 84.6 million tonnes, with China accounting for 48% of the total.