We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Many apple varieties were carried to the New World by early colonists. They were not as flavorful or varied as the modern types, but it's all they had. The only apple species native to the New World is the (mostly) inedible crabapple.
Should we mention once again that apples are not particularly "healthy" as they are mainly sugar and water, but they do make a good sugary snack or dessert, especially with cheese. Like all fruits, they are designed to sweetly tempt critters to eat, and to later poop out their seeds to spread their genes around.
I am far too fond of apples to keep them in the house but I will make an exception for a snappy crisp Stayman Winesap in the fall.
I shouldn't have mentioned a variety because now my mind is running on with Honeycrisps, Pink Ladys, Galas, Goldencrisps,even the basic Delicious. It is indeed a wonderful fruit.
"apple (n.) Old English æppel 'apple; any kind of fruit; fruit in general,' from Proto-Germanic *ap(a)laz (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch appel, Old Norse eple, Old High German apful, German Apfel), from PIE *ab(e)l 'apple' (cognates: Gaulish avallo 'fruit;' Old Irish ubull, Lithuanian obuolys, Old Church Slavonic jabloko 'apple'), but the exact relation and original sense of these is uncertain (compare melon).
A roted eppel amang þe holen, makeþ rotie þe yzounde. ['Ayenbite of Inwit,' 1340]
In Middle English and as late as 17c., it was a generic term for all fruit other than berries but including nuts (such as Old English fingeræppla 'dates,' literally 'finger-apples;' Middle English appel of paradis 'banana,' c. 1400). Hence its grafting onto the unnamed 'fruit of the forbidden tree' in Genesis. Cucumbers, in one Old English work, are eorþæppla, literally 'earth-apples' (compare French pomme de terre 'potato,' literally 'earth-apple;' see also melon). French pomme is from Latin pomum 'apple; fruit' (see Pomona).
As far as the forbidden fruit is concerned, again, the Quran does not mention it explicitly, but according to traditional commentaries it was not an apple, as believed by Christians and Jews, but wheat. ['The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity,' Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 2002]
Apple of Discord (c. 1400) was thrown into the wedding of Thetis and Peleus by Eris (goddess of chaos and discord), who had not been invited, and inscribed kallisti 'To the Prettiest One.' Paris, elected to choose which goddess should have it, gave it to Aphrodite, offending Hera and Athene, with consequences of the Trojan War, etc.
Apple of one's eye (Old English), symbol of what is most cherished, was the pupil, supposed to be a globular solid body. Apple-polisher 'one who curries favor' first attested 1928 in student slang. The image of something that upsets the apple cart is attested from 1788. Road apple 'horse dropping' is from 1942."
My childhood home had a number of commercial apple orchards within a 10 minute drive. You could pick your own half bushel for a dollar or two. Which meant that all winter long there were plenty of apples for the picking in our unheated hallway. My favorite? Ida Red, followed by Macs.