With a per capita consumption of just under 22 kilograms in 2019/20, apples are the most popular fruit. The number of apples varies, as each apple has a different weight. Read here how much an apple weighs.
- at least 1,500 apple varieties, about 60 economically relevant
- Weight depends on size and variety
- apples weigh between approx. 70 and 350 grams
- Average weight of 182 grams according to BVL serves as a guide
How much does an apple weigh?
There are about 1,500 apple varieties today. How much an apple (Malus domestica) weighs, however, is based primarily on the economically important apple varieties. Depending on the source, the number of these in Europe is 60 or between 30 and 40 varieties. In addition, the fruits of some apple varieties become smaller, i.e. lighter, with increasing yield. Therefore, the weight of an apple can only refer to the average fruit weight of an apple variety and serve purely as a guide:
- small apples: 70 to 100 grams
- large apples: 200 to 250 grams
- medium apple: more than 100 grams and less than 200 grams
Another factor in the data on the weight of apples is the growing region. In Switzerland, for example, an apple weighs between 100 and 125 grams on average, while in South Tyrol the fruit weighs between 150 and 250 grams on average. In Europe, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has determined the average weight of ten commercially available apple varieties. According to this, an apple weighs an average of 182 grams.
Note: According to the general EU packaging standard, apples must weigh at least 90 grams for marketing. Smaller fruits are only permitted if they are sufficiently ripe.
Note: How many apples are actually consumed per capita per year therefore depends to a large extent on how much an apple weighs. Thus, the 22 kilograms consumed in this country is between 80 and 300 pieces annually, depending on the weight of the variety.
How many calories do 100 grams of apple have?
100 grams of fresh fruit have approximately 52 kilocalories (kcal) or 218 kilojoules (kJ). For example, if a medium apple is consumed at 125 grams, that is 65 kcal (272.5 kJ). If you had eaten a banana (120 grams), it would have been 115, 2 kcal (482.4 kJ).
How many apples are one kilogram?
How many fruits you get for a kilogram of apples depends on the variety. However, since medium to large apple varieties tend to be sold in stores, four to six should be about the weight of one kilogram. For small varieties, you should expect twice the number of pieces.