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Apple roots

Blushing apple

Blushing apple (Pic by me)

“It is a taste of the English countryside, but the origins of the apple lie far from our shady orchards.

English apples are direct descendants of fruit trees growing in an inhospitable mountainous region of central Asia, plant scientists at Oxford University have discovered. The DNA of England’s famous apple varieties is almost identical to that of fruit found in the Tian Shan forest which lies on the border of Kyrgyzstan and China.”

Scientists previously assumed that the apple was a hybrid of different types of fruit, including the crab apple which is commonly found in English hedgerows.

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