By Marcia Reiss
Gala and Honeycrisp. crimson woman and Pacific Rose. King Luscious and Winesap. The names of apples are as juicy because the fruit itself. the most largely allotted end result on this planet, apples have regularly intended anything past meals and drink—their seeds were planted deep in the myths, faith, and artwork of approximately each tradition. they're symbols of attractiveness, wish, and sin; symptoms of hidden poisons and fit consuming; trademarks of pcs, telephones, and song. Exploring the symbolism, paintings, and literature of the apple, in addition to its botanical historical past, 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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Sierversii, the species that still flourishes in the forests of the Tian Shan. Discovered there by a German-Russian botanist, Johann Sievers, in 1793, it has amazing variability in size, taste, shape, colour and texture, the infinite combination of characteristics that reside in the genes of today’s sweet-apple seeds. Sievers died before he could trace his discovery to the cultivated apples of the day, and this connection was not revealed until the twentieth century. How did M. sieversii travel from its remote homeland to orchards all over the world?
While only a tiny fraction are on supermarket shelves, the thousands of cultivated varieties are testimony to the apple’s great appeal and its extraordinary ability to reproduce itself in ever-changing ways. Crab apples in an etching of c. 1910. Pomona, Roman goddess of fruit trees, is shown cradling apples in her skirt in this tapestry panel, c. 1900, by Edward Burne-Jones. Her name comes from the Latin word for fruit, pomum. Apples are the most widely distributed fruits on the planet, spread by man, beast, bird and bug over millions of years.
The progenitors of today’s dwarf apple trees were discovered about 2,300 years ago by two famous students of Aristotle, Alexander and Theophrastus. Alexander found a low-growing apple tree on an expedition to Asia and sent it back to the Lyceum in Athens. Theophrastus described it in one of his comprehensive treatises on plants, noting that the variety had probably been grown for many years in Asia Minor. It was cultivated for centuries afterwards in Greece and Rome and in the monastery gardens and parterres of palaces and grand estates throughout Europe.