Apples Can Be More Than Delicious

Newer and tastier varieties are giving chefs and consumers more choices

The most popular fruit in North America, the apple has been cultivated for more than 3,000 years and has been historically important in a variety of ways. Newlyweds in the 7th century B.C. shared an apple as a symbol of a fruitful union; Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was frequently represented holding an apple; and, of course, the apple was the forbidden fruit that got Adam and Eve expelled. But in the past few decades, in the U.S. at least, the apple has been trying to get back into our good graces.

Even though there are more than 7,000 types...

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