Most apple trees live for 35 years and produce the best fruit between 10 and 30 years. Some varieties have been known to live 100 years or more.
The rose apple is native to the East Indies and Malaya and is cultivated in many parts of India, southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. It was introduced to Jamaica in 1762 and became distributed in the West Indies, and at low elevations, from southern Mexico to Peru.
When the English colonists arrived in North America, crab apple trees were the only species of apple they found. To this day, the crab apple variety is the only known native apple variety.
Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman in Leominster, Massachusetts, is a great American historical figure. Johnny loved apple trees and saw a growing need for agriculture in the west as the population started migrating. He is accredited with introducing apple trees to Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Chapman traveled beyond the borders of many established towns with apple seeds from cider presses in Pennsylvania. He planted apple nurseries and built fences around them. He would leave the apple trees in the care of a nearby neighbor, and then would return every few years to tend to the nursery.
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In Swiss Stone Age lake dwellings and on a dig near Jericho in the Jordan Valley, archaeologists unearthed charred apple remains dating all the way back to 6500 B.C.E.
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Pineapples are made up of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an "eye," the rough spiny mark on the pineapple's surface.
Pineapple flowers naturally only once a year. The plants can sense the increasing day length by late January or early February (northern hemisphere).
The Hindu goddess Lakshmi, who represents prosperity, wealth, wisdom, fertility, courage and beauty, is believed to reside in a mango tree. Mangos and mango leaves have been used throughout India to symbolize fertility, love and good fortune. Mango leaves are used in weddings to ensure that couples bear many children.
Experts have traced the origin of mango to Meghalaya, India where a 65 million year old fossil of a mango leaf has been found. Other fossil records of mango in Northeast India are 25-30 million years old.
Mangos are native to eastern India, Burma and the Andaman Islands. It is believed that Buddhist monks brought mangos to Malaysia and eastern Asia in the 4th and 5th centuries B.C.
Mangos are a delicious and popular fruit in several countries throughout the world. Many countries such as India have native mango varieties while other countries have relied on imports from regions where mangos grow naturally.
In Latin, apricot means "precious," because it ripens earlier than other summer fruits. Apricots are a relative of the peach. The apricot is smaller than a peach and has a smooth, oval pit that falls out easily when the fruit is halved.
Apricots range in size from 1.5 cm to 2.5 cm in diameter. They have a high fiber content very low calorie content. Dreaming of apricots, in English folklore, is said to be good luck.
Alexander the Great relished his first taste of the banana, an usual fruit he saw growing on tall trees in India. He is credited with bringing the banana from India to the Western world. According to Chinese historian Yang Fu, these bananas grew only in the southern region of China and were considered exotic, rare fruits that never became popular with the Chinese masses until the 20th century.
The banana plant is not a tree. It is actually the world's largest herb!Instructions on how to eat a banana appeared in the Domestic Cyclopaedia of Practical Information and read as follows: "Bananas are eaten raw, either alone or cut in slices with sugar and cream, or wine and orange juice. They are also roasted, fried or boiled, and are made into fritters, preserves, and marmalades."