Saturday, December 1, 2012

LID: An #Apple A Day.....makes great #history.

APPLE by Eye of Einstein

December 1st:
Eat A Red Apple Day

We've all heard it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But did you know that December 1st is National Eat A Red Apple Day? It's easy to participate in today's holiday. Just eat a red apple. Red apples can be found almost any grocery store. There are many different kinds of apples in the world, each with their own unique tastes. Some are great for cooking while other are delicious by themselves. I have found this page to be a wonderful explanation to the different kinds of apples out there. With so many different varieties to chose from it should be easy to eat a red apple today. 

In the beginning....there was the apple

Adam & Eve Painting in a Pub located in Lincoln, England
by Lincolnian @
Apples have been around since the beginning of time. Henry David Thoreau had once written, “It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.” His words ring truth when you consider how much of our history and lore is intertwined with the apple. According to Christian mythology, apples were plentiful in the Garden of Eden. It was the fruit that Adam and Eve had eaten from the forbidden tree. Thus it has been forever labeled as the "forbidden fruit."

Archaeologists have located carbonized apple remains in a few prehistoric lakes in Switzerland that prove humans were eating apples as early as the Stone Age. In Jericho and   Jordan archaeologists have located remains of apples in their excavations. The carbon date for these remains came back showing they were from 6500 B.C. Apple slices have been excavated from an ancient Mesopotamian tomb located in Southern Iran dated from 2500 B.C. Aside from excavations there is strong cultural evidence to prove the history of apples and mankind has been intertwined throughout history. Many historians and archaeologists believe the apple tree is the oldest cultivated fruit tree. Despite this, we do not know the exact location of the first cultivated apple tree. Archaeologists continue their search for this magnificent discovery. 

Culturally the apple has been known and portrayed in human lore since ancient times. Apples were considered very valuable the Greeks of 7th century and was the sacred fruit of the love goddess Aphrodite. If a man wanted to propose to a woman he would throw an apple to her. If she caught it then she accepted his proposal. On their wedding night it was customary of the day for the bride and groom to share an apple. Plato had once said "I throw the apple at you, and if you are willing to love me, take it and share your girlhood with me; but if your thoughts are what I pray they are not, even then take it, and consider how short-lived is beauty."

In ancient Israel, the apple tree was hard to cultivate due to the harsh, dry climate yet the Hebrews knew about them. King Solomon sung about them in his book Song of Solomon."Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love." -- Song of Solomon 2:5

The Romans also cultivated apples and are generally accredited with perfecting the cultivation of apple trees. They invented the technique of grafting, which is still used today.  You can watch this video to learn more about grafting. 

In 55 BC Romans discovered the ancient Britons drinking a liquid called apple cider. During the Roman occupation of England the Romans brought their own apple orchards and sweeter variants to England. Up until this time there were 37 different apple variants but with the mixing of British and Roman apple trees new varieties were produced. 

Cultivation of the apple tree continued to increase and new varieties were being added until the Black Death. In 1533, apple cultivation was saved when Richard Harris, a fruitier for King Henry VIII, brought apple trees from France to England. Mankind's history with the apple has been influenced and has influenced some of our greatest myths and lore. For more on history and legends of the apple you may wish to visit this site:

As American as Apple Pie?

Oh, the Lord is good me
And so I thank the lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun and the rain
And the appleseed
Oh, the lord is good to me!

That little ditty is the Johnny Appleseed grace I learned to sing as a child. Mind you I grew up in Ohio. Apple country to the core!

The apple pie may be American but the apples certainly aren't. The only apple indigenous to North America is the crab apple. The crab apple is commonly planted in between apple trees to help with cross pollination. The oldest apple tree in America arrived in New Amsterdam with Governor Peter Stuyvesant, who planted it in his Manhattan Garden. 219 years later it was still bearing fruit. Unfortunately, this American legend was destroyed by a derailed train in 1866. 

The American Midwest apple orchards are a byproduct of Johnny Appleseed. You can read more about him here Over 2000 apple tree cultivators are listed in America. They would not be in existence without Johnny bringing the apple to the American Midwest. 

Just the facts, make
Did you know? 

1) Eating apple helps with preventing tooth decay. 
The chewing action stimulates saliva production which in turn lowers bacteria levels that cause tooth decay.

2)Drinking apple juice helps fights the effects of aging on the brain and may prevent Alzheimer's disease.

3)Decrease your chance of Diabetes. 
Women who eat apples daily are 28% less likely to develop type 2 Diabetes than those who don't. Why? Scientists have found apples contain a large amount of soluble fibre, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.

4)Apples reduce cholesterol levels.
The soluble fibre found in apples attaches itself to fats in the intestine.

5)Apples can cure diarehha and constipation.
The fibre in apples can pull water out of your colon or absorb the excess water from your stool. 

You can learn more about the benefits of eating apples at:


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