E. A. Beal, on Apples, Our Most Valuable Fruit

“Our most valuable fruit is the apple. It is of more use, remains longer in season, and can be employed in a greater variety of ways, than any other orchard product. Newly gathered from the tree, apples are the most refreshing of all the common fruits of temperate climes. For cooking purposes, the apple cannot be excelled.

No one ever tires of this delightful fruit. It holds in orchard produce the position that wheat holds in grain crops. The apple contains considerable nutriment. Indeed, the one daily meal of that stern, vigorous, moral people, the early Romans, consisted of bread, apples, and eggs. We are never too Old to enjoy eating apples, and our young folks like the fruit so well that it would seem to have been created especially for them.”

E. A. Beal, M.D., Foods and Beverages (1891)

I really can’t find a lot to disagree with here. Although I’m not sure an apple and egg sandwich would go down well every day. Then again, if it was good enough for those “stern, vigorous, moral people, the early Romans” then who are we to argue?1I do note, however, that E. A. Beal doesn’t quote a specific source for these details of the early Roman diet and/or morality, which perhaps renders the historical accuracy of their assertion somewhat suspect…

Tell you what, let’s just agree that “No one ever tires of this delightful fruit”. I certainly don’t. Do you?

Footnotes

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    I do note, however, that E. A. Beal doesn’t quote a specific source for these details of the early Roman diet and/or morality, which perhaps renders the historical accuracy of their assertion somewhat suspect…

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