Campaign Chunk Volume 13.08 – Apples/Apple Tree

The apple tree (Malus Domestica) is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet fruit, the apple. Cultivated in many locations, it is believed to have originated in central Asia, with 7,500 varieties of apples are now grown around the world and come in all shades of red, green and yellow. Some of the known varieties include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady and Granny Smith.

From seed to full grown mature apple tree takes around 5 to 7 years. Most trees are grown from seeds, They like well drained, fertile soil and grow inland at altitudes up to about 800-900 feet. Once grown the tree blossoms with said blossoms ranging in colour from white, to pink or even yellow.

Bees, typically Honey Bees, are a major component in the fertilization process of the apple trees. Once the pollen from another tree gets to the blossomed apple tree, the petals soon fall off and the apple begins to grow.

Apples themselves have many uses, not just as a delicious fruit that can be eaten straight from the tree. They are a staple part of many dishes around the round, can be pulped into a healthy juice drink, They can even be used to ripen unripe fruit as the apple gives off ethylene, a gas which accelerates ripening.

Hooks & Rumours

  • Claims are being made by a farmer in a central African location that they have in their possession the oldest apple tree in the world. The first batch of tests is putting this tree at over 6,000 years old and is now being investigated by an increasing number of people. Normally this would be nothing more than a curiosity, but a few overzealous religious groups are claiming that this is the tree mentioned in their holy books.
  • Apple seeds contain a small amount of a cyanide compound. This does require a vast amount of seeds to be consumed. There are rumours abounding that someone is attempting to breed a type of apple with a dangerously high amount of cyanide within the plant, to the point that if you eat even a small amount of the apple flesh it could poison anyone eating one.
  • As a joke, a small grocer “painted” some apples blue with an edible food colouring. There was nothing wrong with their methods, no-one got ill and many saw it as a good marketing gimmick. Sadly the demand outstripped supply and others started to do the same. The knockoffs however used methods that made the eater of the apples violently ill. Now the original maker of the “Blupple” (Blue Apple) is needing to find the makers of the fakes to shut them down or clean up their act.

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