The first apples
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