apple botanicalThe apple is a pomaceous fruit of species Malus domestica which is actually a member of the rose family. The apple tree originated in Central Asia and there are over 7,500 cultivars bred for a range of desirable traits. The apple has its place in history, of course, the most well known is the story of Adam & Eve with the Apple representing the forbidden fruit on the Tree of Knowledge. However, there is the belief or argument rather that it wasn’t an apple but actually a pomegranate that was consumed. The apple might have been a better fit in the terms of the symbolism it represents. The apple throughout history has had it is place in religion and art in which it would symbolize knowledge because of it long cultivation throughout history’s most influential cultures and regions of the world that by consuming an apple would mean it would be akin to consuming worldly-ness.

Carl_Larsson_BritaIn terms of consumption the apple is as diversified as its history. One of history’s most beloved characters, Johnny Appleseed was believed to be spreading the good works and gospel of the times with every seed that he planted. Johnny was planting wild varieties of apple seeds which are similar to citrus in terms that neither citrus or apples come from true seed and the apples that grew on those trees were most likely inedible because of the bitter taste. What those orchards actually provided its surrounding human inhabitants  was juice and eventually hard cider or wine. Eventually there would be cultivars that would exist for desired traits and fresh consumption.

Apples have their classic role in many desserts and can also be paired with stewed meats for a savory comfort food combination. Be sure to check out epicurious.com for inspirational recipes for Fall the bring the best of comfort food and what the season has to offer in terms of variety and flavor.

In the coming weeks, the contents of your Buyers’ Club box will change dramatically–everything will eventually be hues of greens, yellows, and oranges.

Bon Appetit!

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