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  1. FruitsAn Overview of the Fruit Industry in Georgia Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office Dr. Frank Flanders and Catrina Kennedy September 2006

  2. Objectives Students will be able to: • Identify different fruits grown in Georgia • Describe the economic impact of fruit in Georgia

  3. Fruit Industry in Georgia

  4. Apples • North Georgia is the center of the state's apple industry. • Georgia's most popular varieties include: • Ozark Gold, Paulard, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Mutzu Crispin, Empire, Jonagold Jonathan, Arkansas Black, Fuji, Granny Smith, Stayman Winesap and Yates • The Farmgate Value for apples in 2005 was $4,084,600

  5. Blueberries • Georgia ranks 7th in blueberry production • Georgia has more than 4,200 acres of blueberries. • In the southern part of the state blueberries are grown for commercial use. • The farmgate value of blueberries in 2005 was $59,387,913

  6. Muscadines • Muscadines are a wild grape variety native to the south eastern United States. • Georgia is the largest producer of muscadine grapes in the nation with about 1100 acres. • In the Southeast, muscadines are grown to make juice. • The Farmgate value of muscadines in 2005 was $7,150,995

  7. Watermelons • Georgia ranks second in total value from watermelon production. • Cordele, claims to be the "Watermelon Capital of the World“. • The Farmgate Value of Watermelons in 2005 was $119,775,186

  8. Peaches • Peaches have long been a Georgia trademark and are now the state's official fruit. • Fresh Georgia peaches are available only 16 weeks each year, from mid-May to August. • Georgia growers produce more than 40 commercial peach varieties. • The 2005 Farmgate value was $24,406,425

  9. Georgia’s Commodity Value

  10. Interesting Facts about fruit • Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning. • A peach and nectarine are identical fruits, with one gene different – the gene for either smooth or fuzzy skin. • Watermelon is 92% water. • Watermelon is technically a berry, of which there are more than 50 varieties! • Blueberries are related to azaleas, camellias, heathers, and rhododendrons

  11. Quiz • What fruit is also a wild grape? • How many different commercial peach varieties are grown each year? • Where does Georgia rank in blueberry production? • What city claims to be the “Watermelon Capital of the World? • What percentage of water is in a watermelon? • What two fruits have only one gene separating them?

  12. Answers • Muscadine • 40 • 7th • Cordele • 92% • Peach and Nectarine