The apple tree origin
The apple tree is best known for its sweet fruit, the apple. It is cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. They were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions.
Apples originate from Kazakhstan in Central Asia. There are still wild apple forests in Kazakhstan. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples. Different cultivars are bred for various tastes and uses, including cooking, eating raw and cider production. About 80 million tons of apples were grown worldwide in 2013, and China produced almost half of this total. The United States is the second leading producer, Turkey is third, followed by Italy, India and Poland.