Apple – Malus domestica

An apple a day, keeps the Doctor away!

 

The Apple is one of the symbols of Samhain, the beginning of the winter season and the beginning of the Pagan New Year. The apple symbolized life and immorality, was the talisman that admitted one to the Otherworld, and gave one the power to tell the future. Apple dunking was an old custom that is still played today at Halloween parties for children, it was used to represent the ordeal by water. The act of going through water to obtain apples could be the remnants of the Druidic rite symbolizing the passing through water to Emain Abhlach or Apple-Isle where a feast was prepared for the dead who had passed on that year.

 

Apple is one of the earliest, if not THE earliest cultivated fruit tree. Alexander the Great was credited with finding the first dwarfs in Asia Minor around 300BC. Apples were brought to North America  with colonists in the 1600s. From those New England origins, apples moved west with pioneers, i.e. John Chapman (alias Johnny Appleseed) and missionaries during the 1700’s and 1800’s.

Several recent studies suggest apples may provide a “whole-body” health benefit. It lowers blood cholesterol up to 15%, improves bowel function, and reduces risk of stroke, prostate cancer, type II diabetes mellitus, and asthma. A 2001 Mayo Clinic study indicated that it helps prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells!

In Aromatherapy it has been shown that the smell of spiced apples will lower blood pressure by as much as 5 points!

Apples can be canned, juiced, and optionally fermented to produce apple juice, cider, ciderkin, vinegar, and pectin. Distilled apple cider produces the spirits applejack, and Calvados. Apple wine can also be made. They make a popular lunchbox fruit as well.

Apples are an important ingredient in many winter desserts, for example apple pie, apple crumble, apple crisp, and apple cake. They are often eaten baked or stewed, and they can also be dried and eaten or re-constituted (soaked in water, alcohol or some other liquid) for later use. Puréed apples are generally known as apple sauce. Apples are also made into apple butter and apple jelly.

A popular trick of Real Estate agents is to turn on a light and place a drop of apple oil on the bulb, so that as the oil evaporates the room smells of warm apples, much like apple pies. Studies have shown people find houses far more appealing when smelling that in the air!!!

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blosoms in spring.

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