Apple production in the United States is spread across several states, with the largest apple-producing state being Washington. Washington's fertile soil, abundant water resources, and ideal climate make it the perfect location for apple cultivation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington State produces more than 60% of the country's total apple crop. The most popular apple varieties grown in Washington include Red Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Honeycrisp. The state's Yakima Valley, Wenatchee Valley, and Okanogan regions are particularly well-known for their apple orchards.
Other significant apple-producing states include New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and California. These states, along with Washington, account for the majority of apple production in the United States. In terms of global production, the United States ranks second, after China, which is the world's largest apple producer. Each state has its own unique climate, soil conditions, and apple varieties that thrive in their respective environments. For instance, New York is known for its Empire and McIntosh apples, while Michigan is famous for its Golden Delicious and Jonathan apples. As consumer preferences and demands shift, these states continue to innovate and develop new apple varieties to cater to the evolving market.