the world of fruit encyclopedia

The apple – we’ve got to say that it got off to a rickety start with Adam & Eve giving it a nasty reputation as the forbidden fruit…

however it regained some street cred when it helped Isaac Newton discover gravity by bopping him on the head. Since then, the apple gets along with pretty much every other fruit or veg.

Who knew…

  • Apples are actually members of the rose family
  • They are 80% water
  • Smurfs are 3 apples high
  • Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings
  • The custom of giving your teacher apples originated when public school teachers were paid with whatever the community could afford, often in food or goods.
  • Irish folklore claims that if an apple is peeled into one continuous ribbon and thrown behind a woman’s shoulder, it will land in the shape of the future husband’s initials.

Why it’s good for you…

Apples contain vitamin C as well as a host of other antioxidant compounds. It also contains fibre to keep things moving downstairs. There’s been a tonne of research done, with some claims that apples may reduce the risk of colon, prostate and lung cancer. It has also been claimed that it can help with heart disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol (as apples contain no cholesterol). No wonder they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Famous Apples…

  • Apple Computer
  • The Evil Apple from Snow White
  • Fiona Apple
  • Apple Pie
  • Adam’s Apple