Other uses of name ‘Apple’

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Since apples were the fruits best known to the Europeans who colonized the other continents, they naturally used the name as a point of reference in describing strange fruits which they met. Thus misuse of the name ‘apple’ for unrelated fruits is more prevalent than with any other fruit name. A few examples are custard apple, rose-apple, sugar-apple, wood apple; and, of course, pineapple—the most famous example of all.