The Origin of the Apple

Welcome to the new weekly feature, Mālus Trivium, a visual presentation in apple and cider information.

The modern apple originated on the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains in Asia.
The modern apple originated on the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains in Asia.

Genetic research has shown that all our modern day apples, including cider apples can trace their DNA back to the wild apples on the Tien Shan Mountains where Kazakhstan meets Kyrgyzstan and China. Many modern apples also contain a significant amount of DNA from the European crabapple. However, the origin of our modern apple, Malus domestica, is the Malus sieversii apple still found on these remote mountain slopes of Central Asia.

For scion wood experiments, check out your government’s agriculture department website. They often have free cutting of wild Malus sieversii apples for research purposes. Here is the US Department of Agriculture’s site for reference.


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