Apples

`An apple a day keeps the doctor away´

Lore

Not many things from this Earth are celebrated as much as the apple. The Celtic folk call the God of the apple tree Abellia or Abellio, this apple tree God was widely honoured in Austria, Switzerland and France two thousand years plus.

In Arthurian lore, another name for Avalon is "The isle Apples" `Vita Merlini by Geoffrey of Monmouth´, & that the Apples of Avalon healed all wounds.

 

Golden apples are also well known in Greek mythology. Gaea, Goddess of the earth gave golden apples to Hera as a gift. These golden apples grow on the tree of life, in the garden of Hesperides (daughters of Atlas & Hespris) at the far western realm of the known Greek world. Golden Greek apples are also connected with Athena & Aphrodite. Aphrodite being known as the fairest of them all acquired the Golden apple.

 

Apples are often associated with good luck, as seen with apple bobbing custom on and around 31st October which is reputed to bring good luck.

Health

Apples are known to improve one's spirits and brings one swiftly into good feeling. They are simply bursting with goodness...

 

  • Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in the month, reducing tooth decay and lowering levels of bacteria.
  • A new study showed that drinking apple juice reduces the effects of aging on the brain.
  • Apples are full of heathy antioxidants.
  • Apples are a great source of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron & zinc.
  • Apples contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E & K.
  • Apples are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol.
  • Apples are a great blockade against many cancers.
  • Apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin that boosts and fortifies the immune system.
  • Eating apples reduces the risk of developing cataracts.