Apple Feasts and Folk Tales

Apples are a favourite fruit. They are delicious as they are and even better cooked into pies and crumbles. There are hundreds of varieties of cultivated apple, all grown from the original bitter crab apple.

If you grow an apple tree from a seed, the fruit of the new tree will be different from the original  possibly a new variety altogether. The reason for this is that apples are highly cultivated and reproduce through pollination, so the seed will be a cross between strains. There is only a 5% chance that a tree grown from a seed will produce pleasant fruit. Apple trees are normally cultivated by grafting onto rootstocks.

Apples also play a large role in folklore and mythology. In fairy tales you find the wicked witch who gave Snow White the poisoned apple. In the Bible there is the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, which is usually drawn as an apple. Greek myths tell of the Golden Apple offered to Aphrodite. In Celtic mythology, apples represent long life. Avalon, the legendary resting place of King Arthur, is known as The Isle of Apples.

America has tales of Johnny Appleseed. He was a missionary who introduced the apple tree to large parts of the continent. Stories tell of him wandering barefoot across the land, spreading apple seeds as he went, and showing kindness to the animals and people around him. In reality, he planted orchards rather than sowing seeds randomly, but it is a great legend.

National Apple Day is celebrated across England at the end of October each year. This is a modern event, which began in the 1990s, but the Ancient Romans had a similar festival, the feast of Pomona, goddess of the orchards, on November 1. Apple bobbing was a traditional festival entertainment, which may be why the game is still sometimes enjoyed at this time of year.

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