The first ap­ples

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The first ap­ples grew in the area that is now Kaza­khstan; the cap­i­tal city is Al­maty, which de­rives from alma-ata, or “ap­ple fa­ther”. Traders on the an­cient silk routes de­vel­oped a taste for the wild ap­ples, and spat out their pips. Sci­en­tists are now cre­at­ing a gene bank from the huge ar­ray of wild ap­ples they have found grow­ing there.

Some fruits are as large as mel­ons or as small as­peas, with colours rang­ing from yel­low and lime-green, to bur­gundy and choco­late-brown.

A wild ap­ple from Kaza­khstan

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