In Greek mythology, apples are regarded as precious and sometimes magical. Legends such as that of the golden apple that would be given to the fairest goddess use the apple as a symbol for knowledge and immortality. The apple is a common symbol of education. According to Norse mythology, apples are the symbols of eternal youth. In the 18th century, families in the United States and parts of Europe would give hard-working local teachers freshly picked apples to supplement their low wages. Now, apples are a delicious and practical gift to show appreciation for a teacher.
A giant apple-shaped building known as Mr. Applehead in Colborne, Ontario is the largest apple structure in the world. It has an observatory on top, and visitors can climb up for views of the countryside. New York is commonly referred to as the “Big Apple.” Some say the term was popularized by a writer for the New York Morning Telegraph, who would call horse racing prizes as “big apples.” Others say the term just refers to the best and biggest places to be. Once an advertising campaign to bring more tourists to New York picked up on it, the name was stuck for good.
You will be surprised to know that the apple pie is not an American invention, rather it belongs to Europe. In 1930, the first apple pie recipe came from England and according to the preparation; the crust was added to hold the dish and was not supposed to be eaten. But it turned out to be more delicious than the pie and became a part of the dish.