Apples have come a long way since their beginning. Known as the king of the fruits, the Romans helped greatly in spreading the apple trees. Whenever the Romans conquered a country, they always took apple seeds along and planted them.
Around 75,000 varieties of apples are cultivated, with different colors, shapes, and tastes. One can never know what each bite of an apple could start with. An apple could begin sweet and take you to a palatable ride with every bite, or it could start sour and finish the ride with a lingering aftertaste.
In Lebanon, the traditional types produced are derivatives of varieties introduced by Jesuit Monks in the late 1800s, and by Lebanese immigrants returning home after World War II, according to USAID. These include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Sans Pareille (mouwachah) apple, all of which have made Lebanon distinguished as an apple producer in the region. However, these varieties have been seeing decreased demand. Hence, NGOs and donor programs introduced newer kinds, mainly Gala, Fuji, Scarlett, Super Chief, and Granny Smith…
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