The Botany of Desire Setting & Symbolism

Michael Pollan
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The Apple (Malus domestica)

The apple is the primary subject of Chapter 1 of the text. The apple is the fruit of the apple tree, or Malus domestica, which is one of the most widely-cultivated fruit trees in the world. The tree is small and deciduous, and comes from an original range in Kazakhstan. Apple trees do not breed true from seed, and thus nearly all modern domestic or garden apple trees are established by grafting material taken from well-known cultivars.

Red Delicious and Gold Delicious

The Red Delicious and Gold Delicious apples are two widely-recognized cultivars of Malus domestica. In the modern world, they are the two most-popular apples available. The Red Delicious was discovered by Jesse Hiatt in Peru, Iowa. Originally naming the variety Hawkeye, Hiatt entered the cultivar in a 1893, contest. The Hawkeye was the winning entry and the contest moderator, C. M. Stark, re-christened the...

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