Apple-a forbidden fruit?
Apple was a forbidden fruit, fall of man into sin. In Latin, apple means evil, misfortune.
Throwing an apple is declaring one's love.
It was a forbidden fruit, for Adam and Eve. Later, apples played popular role in religion and mythology. It is interesting to note no other fruit except apple was mentioned in religious traditions. Besides its medicinal and nutritive values, let us read what Plato states about apple.
“I throw the apple at you, and if you are willing to love me, take it and share your girlhood with me; but if your thoughts are what I pray they are not, even then take it, and consider how short-lived is beauty.”
In Greek Mythology, it is symbolic that throwing an apples is declaring one’s love and catching the apple is acceptance of love.
Apple in Greek Mythology:
Heracles, the Greek Hero, was required to pluck the Golden Apple from the Tree of Life, as a part of his ‘Twelve Labors.’
Eris, the Greek Goddess of discard, tossed an inscribed gold apple (for the most beautiful one) into the wedding party, in retaliation.
Awarding apple to Aphrodite, indicating Helen of Sparta as the most beautiful one, indirectly led to Trojan of War.
Apple in Christianity:
It was with an Apple that Eve coaxed Adam to share with her, according to Christian tradition. Later on Renaissance painters added elements to Greek Mythology, probably, created biblical scenes of Garden of Eden and Fall of Adam & Eve. Based on the story of Adam & Eve, apple became a forbidden fruit, immortality, knowledge, temptation, fall of man into sin and sin itself.
In Latin, the word apple means –evil, misfortune. This might be the reason for biblical interpretation of - forbidden fruit. A popular notion of Adam’s Apple in human beings Larynx is due to the sticking of forbidden apple to the Adam’s throat.
Now, I do not bore you with nutritive values of the fruit, as many writers have already shared such information.