The apple is no longer top of the class—it’s not the number one fruit consumed. That prize goes to the banana, even though bananas* are grown commercially in only two U.S. states (Hawaii and Florida). The apple is grown commercially in 36 states by approximately 7,500 producers.
Scientific experiments have shown that apples protect brain cells (possibly against Alzheimer’s) and strengthen bones. That’s only the tip of health benefits.
Apples stood still, acting as gentle muse for artists for centuries, among them Raphael, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and René Magritte. Not exactly a group of slackers.
Hard cider, a choice beverage during America’s Colonial period, undid the apple tree. That tree became a public symbol in the mid 1800s targeted by the Temperance Movement, which were hell-bent on hacking many of them down. America lost many varieties.
It’s been reported that our second president, John Adams, drank a tankard of hard cider every morning. The question naturally arises, in our mind, how sober were the signers of the Declaration of Independence? According to a tavern bill preserved from the evening of the Constitutional Convention, not very. They put away 8 bottles of hard cider. Oh, and, 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 of porter, 12 of beer and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch. Ouch.
*Given jewelry designer Janet Mavec’s predisposition to avoid phallic fruit, she will never ever make a banana necklace.