A few things you may or may not know about this taken-for-granted-fruit:
- 1) Malus sieversii is the wild ancestor of the domestic apple that originated in Central Asia where it is still found today.
- 2)Alexander the Great is credited with finding dwarfed apples in Kazakhstan in 328 BCE.
- 3)The apple has about 57,000 genes, the highest number of any plant genome studied to date & more genes than the human genome (about 30,000).
- 4)The first apple orchard on the North American continent was planted in Boston by Reverend William Blaxton in 1625.
- 5)The only apples native to North America are crab apples which were once called common apples.
- 6)There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples
- 7)Christian tradition holds that it was an apple that Eve used to coax Adam to share with her. Since the fruit known as apple was unknown in the Middle East in biblical times it seems there is a little confusion between the Latin words mālum (an apple) and mălum (an evil), each of which is normally written malum. The tree of the forbidden fruit is called “the tree of knowledge of good and evil” in Genesis 2:17 and the Latin for “good and evil” is bonum et malum.
- 8) The larynx in the human throat has been called the “Adam’s apple” because of a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit remaining in the throat of Adam.
- 9) Yes there really was a Johnny Appleseed, named John Chapman, who was a nurseryman. He planted apple trees, fenced in as a nursery, and it is questionable whether he wandered the countryside to plant apple trees or to preach the gospel after his conversion to the Christian faith
Apple Crisp – Brandy, spiced Apple brandy, maple syrup, apple juice
Apple Sour – C & K brandy, apple juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, orange bitters
Apple Martini – brandy, green apple schnapps, lemon juice
Jolly Rancher – Brandy, green apple schnapps, cranberry juice
Old Fashioned Spiced – Brandy, apple cider, sage, turmeric, brown sugar, orange zest
Clear Creek Apple Brandy (aged 6 yrs)