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Apples


Apples

The apple is said to have originated around Asia Minor. The first edible apple was cultivated around 1200 BC near Alma Ata in Kazakhstan. The Greeks and Romans were cultivating the apple by 300 BC. The European settlers brought it to America.

The apple came to the America’s around 1620. There is an old American legend of Johnny Appleseed. John Chapman was a settler in Leominster, Massachusetts. He used to distribute apple seeds to European settlers in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois.

The apple has a lot of symbolism. It could possibly be the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. The apple is a symbol of feminism, and is associated to Venus de Milo. The apple is also the fruit of knowledge. (It is while school children give the apple to their teachers, in exchange for knowledge.)

The apple has been cultivated for at least 3,000 years. There are approximately 7,000 varieties of apples, but only about 20 are commerciallysignificant to the United States.

Apples grow on trees. The tree produces white to pink blossoms. It takes 6 to 8 years for a tree to bear fruit. The apples contain 5 seed pods, or carpels.

The age of the apple tree determines the number of seeds in each pod. The apple is 20% air, therefore it floats in water. (Bobbing for apples…..) The dried up fuzzy end of the apple is called a sepal. Apples contain iron, so when they are cut, they tend to oxidize quickly and turn brown. To prevent oxidizing, combine with an acid. Keep apples away from ethylene sensitive products. (bananas in particular)

Apple color ranges from yellow to green to red. The texture ranges from tender to crisp. Their flavors can be anywhere from sweet to tart.

Apple production is leading in the states of Washington and New York. China is the top producer worldwide, and America is second. Apple trees thrive better when near other apple trees. The trees need a temperate climate to produce. It requires a cold, dormancy to survive. Apple orchids tend to do well on hills with well drainage. They do not require an extensive amount of water. Apples are available year round, but their peak season is from September to November.