Apple Facts

The apple has a unique place in our hearts – after all, according to religious belief, a piece of the forbidden apple stuck in Adam’s throat, which is how the lump in the front of the neck became known as ‘Adam’s Apple’. Apples originated in the Middle East more than 4000 years ago The Celtic word for apple, abhall, is still used in many place-names, and some towns and cities have particular associations with fruit trees Norwich was described in Tudor times as ‘either a city in an orchard or an orchard in a city’. About 4% of an apple is made up of vitamins and minerals. The rest of the apple, more than 80%, is made up of water. In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance. The apples from one tree can fill 20 boxes every year. Each box weighs an average 42 pounds. Fresh apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air. Drinks made from the fermented juice of apples and pears were recorded by the Romans, but cider was probably known much earlier, at least by the Bronze Age.

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