Scientists believe that apples were first domesticated in south Kazakhstan as early as 2000 BC. The Greeks and Romans actually introduced the apple to North Africa and Europe.
Apple Trees are actually a member of the Rose Family and the strawberry, plum, pear and blackberry fruits are actually sisters.
Apples have appeared in history from Norse mythology to Robert Frost to Johnny Appleseed. However, one place the apple doesn’t appear is in the original story of Adam and Eve. Various debate suggestion include everything under the sun but nope not the Apple as we have been led to be believe.
This picture does not do apples any justice with the amount of varieties there are. From dark red to every variation of red to yellow to green there are over 7,500 apple tree varieties worldwide! From sweet to sour to soft to crunchy there is an apple for everyone!
Eating apples and cooking apples are two different things and divide the many varieties of apples according to their size, sweetness and texture. Some apples are considered multi-use or all-purpose apples.
The main difference between the two is the sugar content. Eating apples are very sweet and delicious like Gala or Fuji apples. Cooking apples tend to be tarter like the Granny Smith or Gravenstein apples.
Other apples such as the McIntosh apple are better for cooked down recipes like applesauce. While Honeycrisp are used for juicing or cider.
Good news is that eating apples and cooking apples can be substituted for one another. However, cooks should know that it may change the taste or you may want to choose to reduce the amount of sugar you put in a recipe.