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Wild Apple Mālum

The name ‘apple’ is derived from the Latin Pomum which means a fruit with many tiny seeds within a central core. The tart, sweet and bitter flavour of the apple has made it one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits across the globe. It is the temperate zones of Europe, Asia and North America which are most suited to apple growing as the trees require a period of rest in a cool and dormant climate before working hard to produce the next abundant crop. The original ‘wild apples’ were actually tiny sour fruits that consisted mostly of a plethora of seeds; it is believed that it was the Romans who first cultivated these first forms of wild apple into the juicy and delicious fruits we see today. Apple blossoms also produce a sweet, dreamy nectar and scent which make these trees totally irresistible to bees!