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Apple: A Global History by Erika Janik

By Erika Janik

Gravenstein. Coe’s Golden Drop. Mendocino Cox. The names sound like anything from the mind's eye of Tolkien or even the constituents in a doubtful magical potion instead of what they are—varieties of apples. yet as befits their captivating names, apples have transfixed and beguiled people for hundreds of thousands of years.
Apple: an international History explores the cultural and culinary significance of a fruit born within the mountains of Kazakhstan that has when you consider that traversed the globe to develop into a favourite virtually in all places. From the backyard of Eden and Homer’s Odyssey to Johnny Appleseed, William inform, or even Apple computing device, Erika Janik indicates how apples became a common resource of sustenance, healthiness, and symbolism from precedent days to the current day.
Featuring many mouthwatering illustrations, this exploration of the planet’s hottest fruit incorporates a consultant to selecting the right apples, as well as apple recipes from round the international, together with what's believed to be the 1st recorded apple recipe from Roman connoisseur Marcus Apicius. And Janik doesn’t allow us to omit that apples should not simply solid consuming; their juice additionally makes for solid drinking—as the historical past of cider in North the USA and Europe attests.
Janik grew up surrounded by means of apple iconography in Washington, the “apple state,” so there isn't any higher writer to inform this attention-grabbing tale. Readers will devour up this amazing and unique story of a fruit intricately associated with human history.

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In Europe and pre-Prohibition America, apples were more often drunk than eaten. Ralph Waldo Emerson went so far as to call apples the ‘social fruit of New England’ for its alcoholic virtues. The high esteem in which the apple was held in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American colonies and on the American frontier was due in large part to cider, one of the few safe beverages available to drink. Most households and taverns served cider rather than water, milk, wine, beer or most other hard liquors.

Paris is handing the apple to Venus (the Roman name for Aphrodite), the precipitating act of the Trojan War. In Armenian folk traditions, apples also played a part in courtship, often signalling that some desire, usually love, had been attained. Many tales end with the phrase ‘Three apples fell from heaven’, the equivalent of the familiar ‘And they all lived happily ever after’. While there are a few instances of the phrase in other countries, it appears to be a distinct Armenian tradition, with the only variation being the source of the apples: sometimes God rather than heaven drops the fruit.

Gilded bronze statue of Hercules from the 2nd century BCE, possibly the cult statue from the Temple of Hercules Victor that stood by the ancient cattle market in the Forum Boarium. He holds his club in his right hand and the three apples of the Hesperides in his left. While not quite guaranteeing immortality, apples were also said to at least make you live longer, a power that greatly interested the Macedonian king Alexander the Great. On the same expedition in which he sought the Water of Life in central Asia, Alexander allegedly found apples capable of prolonging the lives of the priests who ate them by as much as 400 years.

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