TIL the word “Apple” didn’t always refer to the specific fruit. As late as the 17th century the word was used for all fruits that weren’t berries.

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Pomme de terre = apple of earth, French word for potato

GenXCub

Bonus TIL: **corn** was the same thing for vegetables.

ElectronGuru

The irony being that apples are berries.

ElfMage83

This means the forbidden fruit in the Bible isn’t an apple as European drawings depict.

ChiggaOG

Does this imply that ‘Eat an apple a day…’ refers simply to fruit? Any idea when that particular saying got popular?

LeftBrainedGirl