By Marcia Reiss
Gala and Honeycrisp. purple woman and Pacific Rose. King Luscious and Winesap. The names of apples are as juicy because the fruit itself. the most generally allotted end result on the earth, apples have continually intended anything past nutrition and drink—their seeds were planted deep in the myths, faith, and paintings of approximately each tradition. they're symbols of attractiveness, wish, and sin; indicators of hidden poisons and fit consuming; logos of pcs, telephones, and track. Exploring the symbolism, artwork, and literature of the apple, in addition to its botanical history, Marcia Reiss follows this iconic fruit from its origins to its now-ubiquitous presence in our world.
Journeying again to the apple's germination within the mountains of vital Asia, Reiss travels alongside the Silk street to Europe and the hot global.
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The story is similar in other apple-growing countries. Britain once produced more than 2,500 varieties of apple on thousands of farms. Today it imports 70 per cent of its apples, largely from the same limited roster of mass-produced cultivars. S. are reviving local heirloom apples, but many also produce the best-selling varieties in order to meet public demand. The home-grown Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Gala, Fuji and other big names now offered at farm stands are much fresher than those shipped from distant producers, but the choice still largely consists of the same old standbys.
1 Wild crab apples are native to many parts of the temperate world. 2 But the sweet domesticated apple, M. domestica, has been traced to a specific home. 3 As the Eurasian land mass broke apart, submerging the land bridge and forming separate continents, the primal roses and their bitter fruits eventually found new homes. Their seeds were dispersed over wide areas, voided by birds, carried in their beaks or simply stuck to their feet and feathers. The seeds that dropped on to the mountain slopes and foothills of central China could not have found a more hospitable environment for survival and growth.
Easy to grow and cook in many different ways, simple, nourishing and refreshing, not lush like Mediterranean fruit, apples were the staple of rich and poor households alike. Happily, apples grew best in the areas where Protestantism took root, in northern and eastern Europe and in the New World colonies where Protestants fled the backlash of Catholic rule. In 1597, when the British barber-surgeon John Gerard published his first herbal, there were so many apple varieties available that he felt it was impossible for himself or anyone else to distinguish them all: I hear of one that intendeth to write a peculiar volume of Apples, and the use of them; yet when he hath done what he can do, he hath done nothing touching their several kinds to distinguish them.
Apple by Marcia Reiss