Apple-y Ever After: 10 Most Famous Apples in History
From Snow White’s poison dipped snack to Sir Isaac Newton’s fruity muse, apples have been a recurring motif in many parts of the world, both mythical and real.Here are the most iconic apples that have a-peeled to everyone from heroes and historians to techies and tourists.
The source of the phrase "forbidden fruit", the Bible tells how the Devil tempted Eve to eat from a prohibited fruit tree, resulting in the fall of mankind from God's grace.
The famed English physicist allegedly was inspired to comprehend the force of gravity, when, while sat beneath a tree, an apple fell onto his head and knocked the revelation into him.
The Evil Queen’s Apple
In Disney's classic fairy tale, jealous of Princess Snow White's beauty, her wicked stepmother, the Evil Queen, put the princess to sleep with a poisoned apple.
Steve Jobs’s Apple
The Apple technology brand is as iconic as they come. Started by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the first Apple computer was built in 1976.
The Apple of Discord
In Greek mythology, the Apple of Discord was used by the goddess of strife, Eris, to start a conflict at a wedding banquet in revenge for not being invited. The apple had "to the fairest" inscribed on it, resulting in a fight between several goddesses over who deserved it.
The Big Apple
New York, New York - the city is nicknamed the "Big Apple" due to it's connection with horseracing in the 1920's. New York City newspaper reporter John Fitz Gerald gave the city its moniker because its race tracks were considered big-time venues.
William Tell’s Apple
A 15th century folk hero of Switzerland, the story goes that William Tell was so boastful of his archery skills, villagers tied up his son and placed an apple on his head. They then commanded that Tell shoot the apple with a single bolt from his crossbow.
Apple Records is a record label founded by the Beatles in 1968, as a creative outlet for the Britsh music and culture powerhouse band.
While Americans may like to claim good ol' apple pie as their own, English apple pie recipes go back to the time of Chaucer. One 14th century recipe lists the ingredients as good apples, good spices, figs, raisins and pears.
And at the core of it all - the Apple!
Incredibly, there are almost 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world. The top producers are China, the United States, Turkey and Poland.
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