An Abundance of Apples

Apples (Malus species), forbidden food of Eve and Snow White belong to the Rosaceae (Rose) Family). Apples are rich in flavonoids, beta-carotene and vitamins, B C and the minerals boron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and silicon. The tarter an apple is, the higher its Vitamin C content.

They are high in pectin, a soluble fiber and reduce colon inflammation, improving both diarrhea and constipation. Eating raw apples stimulate saliva flow, promote good digestion, a healthy liver, clean the teeth and improves circulation to gum tissue.

November celebrates the feast of Pomona, Roman goddess of Orchards. Romans exchanged apples then and hence the tradition of bobbing for apples arose.

Consumed since ancient times, apples have been considered a gift of perpetual youth to gods and goddesses, like Venus, (aka) Aphrodite, Demeter, and Eve symbolizing love, peace and health. When one cuts an apple in half horizontally, one sees a five-pointed star. Avalon is regarded in Celtic Mythology as the Isle of Apples where the weather is always perfect. In fairy tales, eating an apple together represented the blessings of children. As part of Yuletide rituals, apples were hung from trees to symbolize the continuing fertility of the earth.

Apples, native to Eurasia, are members of the (Rosaceae) Rose Family, relatives of peaches and pears, and are known botanically as (Malus species). Malus, is the Greek term for “round fruit.”

The expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” used to read, “An apple a day makes a doctor beg his pay.” Apples are alkaline, cool, sweet and sour, and considered a moistening tonic.

Apples taste best when they are in season and are best stored at 35 degrees F. Avoid apples that yield to pressure, indicating they will be mealy.
Apple blossoms can be eaten raw in salads and as a garnish, once the bitter whitish heel is removed. Apples can be enjoyed in pies, tarts, sauces, cakes, and salads and juiced. Enjoy dried apples (untreated with the preservative sulfur dioxide) as a snack. For maximum health benefits eat apples in their fresh raw state!

29 comments

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Charuwan Kangkagate

Thanks for sharing. I like apple espeacially thrir sweet smell.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago

love apples, thanks for sharing.

Tori W.
Past Member 5 years ago

i like some apples but rarely eat them.

B J Hayes
B J Ellsworth5 years ago

If we were going 2 die from apple peelings, we would have died long ago from something in our food.....its no secret the USA has very low standards when it comes 2 food inspection!

Lainy Feffer
Lainy Feffer5 years ago

I watched the video "An Abundance of Apples" and would like you to consider tying your hair back next time you cook. Not only is it more hygienic but surely it would allow you to concentrate more fully on your cooking instead of your appearance.

Ellen C.
Ellen C.5 years ago

Actually the Bible does not identify the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden as an apple. This is a commonly held misconception.

Zion Raphaella
Zion Raphaella5 years ago

I love apples and I hate it that people coat them with wax. Uggghh. Thanks for the article

Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS5 years ago

There's nothing more delicious than apple pie made from those tart little green apples that grow on trees in people's yards in the south. I don't know what they're called. My mom and everybody else just called them "cooking apples"....

Marilyn D.
5 years ago

Fuji apples are the best!

If you don't buy organic apples, be sure to peel them because the pesticide residue will NOT wash off... due to the wax coating that makes them shiny and less likely to be bruised and rot before you buy them. It seals in the pesticide and no amount of washing or scrubbing will remove it all sufficiently.