Apple To Eat Not To Browse: A Bramley Apple To Make An Apple Pie.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Who said that? If it is a fact, then the act of doing so can be quite a pleasurable one. There is an apple to suit people's different tastes, as far as an apple the fruit is concerned, there is an opinion (mine) that the best apple, the fruit, for eating and for taste, is the 'Royal Gala'! In the garden is an apple tree taller than the house, a Bramley apple tree that has little done to it in the way of pruning, and is certainly free from any application of chemicals. It could well be called an organic apple tree that bears variable crops depending on the weather conditions when the flower buds open.

If the flowers open before the bees venture out of their winter quarters, or the frosts return later than they should, then the yearly crop is considerably reduced; perhaps only a basket or two. If all the conditions are favourable with a Spring warm and sunny, and the bees having put their wings to good use, then the apple crop is abundant, with some carefully stored apples lasting until the following Spring. One other favourable quality of the Bramley apple is that as it ripens and matures, so does the taste and sweetness. The first harvested apples are considered to be ideal cooking apples; an apple pie is delicious, and as the stored apple matures, its sweetness is enhanced, and it is enjoyable to eat raw. Some Chinese friends like eating the Bramley apple with a sprinkling of salt, but other friends prefer to wait for a more sweeter condition. We all have our own tastes and preferences. This enjoyment of a natural and organic apple would not have been possible without the help of the bees!

Photo shows an apple being selected from a basket of apples on a pavement in Chengde, where a farmer was selling his stock.

Buyer Picks Up An Apple, The Fruit, From Basket Of Apples On Pavement In Chengde.

Should you ask a child, who is also an IT whizzkid, about the apple, the first answer is quite likely to be about different ways of recording or listenning to music, iPods and iTunes, computers and such, the child would more than likely need some directing to get on the subject of an apple the fruit! The next question that might be put to the child is, 'Where does the apple come from?' Dont be surprised if you get the answer, 'Tesco'. The apple tree is cultivated in many different countries where the weather conditions are favourable; an apple the fruit is sold from many different stalls, in small shops, in supermarkets, and on the streets, so perhaps the child is more used to seeing the apple in those locations, hence the answer Tesco!

Walking on the streets of Chengde it would not be unusual to see apples being sold by farmers, trying to convert their harvest of apples into cash. The photo shows one such occasion when a passerby stopped to examine some apples in a wicker basket, near a tree, no, not an apple tree! He picked up an apple to examine it and then decided to buy so gave the apple to the farmer, then another apple, and three more apples. The farmer weighed the five apples on a a handheld balance scales, unlikely to be used in Tesco, but the buyer appeared to be satisfied, so he paid for the apples and went on his way. Where does the apple the fruit come from? From a street in Chengde!

''''' Origin of name The word "apple" comes from the Old English word ęppel, which in turn has recognisable cognates in a number of the northern branches of the Indo-European language family. The prevailing theory is that "apple" may be one of the most ancient Indo-European words to come down to English in a recognisable form. The scientific name malus, on the other hand, comes from the Latin word for apple, and ultimately from the archaic Greek malon (melon in later dialects). The legendary placename Avalon is thought to come from a Celtic evolution of the same root as the English "apple"; the name of the town of Avellino, near Naples in Italy is likewise thought to come from the same root via the Italic languages. Linnaeus assigned the apple to the genus Pyrus, along with pears and quinces. Philip Miller subsequently separated the apple into its own genus, a division repeatedly ratified over the years. Src: '''''

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