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November 9, 2011

Now that Election Day has passed, the holidays are around the corner -- and that means a traditional American apple pie. What's more, it's likely to be a fully blown Jersey pie, since the Garden State is twelfth among apple-growing states, with a 2009 production of 42 million pounds.

That translates into about $17 million in value, which has more than doubled in the last decade. In 2000, the value of Jersey apples was about $6 million.

New Jersey grows about 30 varieties of apples, including Red and Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Granny Smith. The oldest apple grown in the Garden State is the Winesap, which dates back to the late 1700s.

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