Forbidden Fruit

Has there ever been a fruit more synonymous with temptation? Just one bite and Eve, by all accounts, ended the innocence of man (good for her). Snow White was brought to the brink of death by her failure to resist an apple. In Norse mythology, apples were said to give the gods eternal youth. Golden apples caused chaos in Greek mythology – one sparked the 10-year Trojan war – while another caused the determined-to-stay-single Atalanta to be beaten in a race by her suitor, Hippomenes, when he threw it down to distract her. Heracles was expected to navigate a hundred-headed dragon guarding the Tree of Life in the Garden of the Hesperides to snatch one as part of his Twelve Labours. Goddess of love Aphrodite has often been painted holding an apple. But, of course, she has – it seems we have been powerless against our desire for the world’s favourite fruit since time immemorial. The apple has come to symbolise knowledge, seduction, immortality and sin. Pretty sexy.

One of the earliest tree to be cultivated, Alexander the Great is thought to have discovered dwarf apples in Kazakhstan in 328 BC. Well, a man must have sustenance, especially when he’s conquering the world. Catherine the Great, never one to do things by halves, loved Golden Pippins so much that she insisted they were brought to her Russian palace wrapped in real silver paper.

The apple has come to symbolise knowledge,

seduction, immortality and sin. Pretty sexy.

As for the British, we’ve been munching on apples since the Romans thoughtfully introduced us to their many delights. The appeal of apples has waxed and waned over the years, though – from the monastery orchards that generated big business in the 13th century, to being rescued from decline after the War of the Roses by Henry VIII, who instructed his fruiterer to source new varieties for his Kent orchards. The Red Pippin, introduced by the French around the same time, was a smash hit with the Victorians. Small, sweet and succulent. You can’t blame them.

We get it. We really do. Which is why apple brings its juicy, fragrant freshness to
Peony & Blush Suede Cologne. Used as the top note, it’s a flirtatious wink in the midst of all that delicate floral sensuality. A mouthwatering lusciousness that apples have mastered the art of.

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