An evil apple may have done the trick for Snow White’s wicked stepmother, but no apple caused Adam’s downfall. Though mentioned several times in ancient Hebrew literature, the apple plays no part in Genesis. Adam and Eve sin simply by eating “fruit”—the generic kind—from the Tree of Knowledge.
Was the actual culprit the sensuous, many-seeded pomegranate? Perhaps the luscious golden apricot or the flesh-soft fig? Scholars continue to debate. Though the apple was first used by early t