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Let's Talk About - Apple

Apple (Malus pumila) are one of the most consumed fruits on the planet. Not only do they taste juicy and sweet, they are also believed to be an excellent source of vitamin C and fibre. 

While apples are commonly used in culinary practices, they also are a great addition to your tea!

 

Apple rooibos tea

Taste

The specific taste of an apple will depend on the type. For example, a Granny Smith apple will be more tart than a Red Delicious. The apples we use in our tea blends are sourced from Turkey, and are naturally sweet. 

The taste of apples has changed over time and it is believed that modern day apples may actually taste sweeter than those of their ancestors. 

History

Apple trees may be the very first tree ever cultivated and over time, they have been improved through selection. 

The apple tree was introduced to North America in the 17th century by colonists, and in 1845 the United States apples nursery catalogue sold 350 different varieties. 

By the 20th century, fruit had become an multi billion dollar industry, of which apple was the leading product. 

There are now more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples. 

Folk Lore

Apples appear in the mythology of cultures all around the world, from the bearer of youth in Nordic stories to the forbidden fruit in Biblical stories. They are often associated with fertility and beauty. 

There are superstitions regarding being able to find your future husband's initials with apple skin or it being unlucky to build a boat with the wood of an apple tree. 

Apples are a tasty addition in our Sweet As Apple Pie and Fruit Tart blends, give them a try today!

 

 

References: Apple History and Apple Symbolism

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