Nourish – Nov ’13 Real Dirt

Everything you ever wanted to know about apples…. And then some! Great article, but grab a cup of tea first!

Helping People Grow

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Food of the Month – Apples
A Children’s Garden, a Gift For All Ages

Food of the Month – Apples

Michele Worden

Latin Name: Malus domestica (wild apple is Malus sieversii)

Botanical Family: Rosaceae (the rose family, which contains garden roses, and other fruits such as apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, and strawberries, almonds)

Description: The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The apple forms a tree that is 10 to 40 ft tall, with a broad, often densely twiggy crown. The leaves are alternately-arranged simple 1-3 inches broad on a 1- 2 inch petiole with a serrated margin and a slightly downy underside. Blossoms are produced in spring simultaneously with the budding of the leaves. The flowers have five petals…

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