Apples


Apples at Arlington Heights Farmer's Market.

The apple tree (Malus domestica) is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. Apples are cultivated worldwide, and the fruit tree is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The Malus genus includes the domesticated orchard and crabapples, crab apples, crabs, or wild apples.

The apple tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions.

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