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By Erika Janik

ISBN-10: 1861898487

ISBN-13: 9781861898487

Gravenstein. Coe’s Golden Drop. Mendocino Cox. The names sound like anything from the mind's eye of Tolkien or even the components in a doubtful magical potion instead of what they are—varieties of apples. yet as befits their enthralling names, apples have transfixed and beguiled people for millions of years.
 
Apple: an international History explores the cultural and culinary significance of a fruit born within the mountains of Kazakhstan that has due to the fact that traversed the globe to develop into a favourite nearly in every single place. From the backyard of Eden and Homer’s Odyssey to Johnny Appleseed, William inform, or even Apple machine, Erika Janik exhibits how apples became a common resource of sustenance, health and wellbeing, and symbolism from precedent days to the current day.
 
Featuring many mouthwatering illustrations, this exploration of the planet’s hottest fruit incorporates a advisor to choosing 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 gourmet Marcus Apicius. And Janik doesn’t allow us to overlook that apples aren't simply solid consuming; their juice additionally makes for solid drinking—as the background of cider in North the US and Europe attests.
 
Janik grew up surrounded by means of apple iconography in Washington, the “apple state,” so there's no greater writer to inform this attention-grabbing tale. Readers will devour up this excellent and wonderful story of a fruit intricately associated with human history.

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Unique fruits and improved horticultural skills were eagerly brought back to Rome along the Silk Road trade routes connecting Rome to China. Among the fruits introduced to Rome were sweet cherries, peaches, apricots and oranges. Italy became one vast orchard, so much so that the fruit trees even had their own deity, the goddess Pomona. Bust of Athena rising from the ground grasping an apple in her left hand, attributed to the Bowdoin Painter, 480–440 BCE Orchards, vineyards and olive groves offered wealthy Romans a quiet refuge from frenetic city life.

Bust of Athena rising from the ground grasping an apple in her left hand, attributed to the Bowdoin Painter, 480–440 BCE Orchards, vineyards and olive groves offered wealthy Romans a quiet refuge from frenetic city life. Gardens provided their owners a little piece of paradise and no garden was complete without apple trees. The Romans had more varieties of apples in cultivation than any other fruit and considered the apple a luxury item. According to Pliny the Elder, the Romans cultivated 23 different varieties of apples.

Roman orchards in Britain did not often survive the withdrawal of the legions and the influx of Jutes, Angles and Saxons from northern Germany. In France, the invading Franks showed concern for the orchards but not so much for the finer points of cultivating the highest quality apples. As a result, many varieties and horticultural skills went into decline and could have been lost altogether had it not been for the orcharding traditions of the Christian and Islamic faiths. Jacobus de Cessolis, Liber de Scacchis, a 13th-century book.

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