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.