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The Story of the Apple

By Barrie E. Juniper and David J. Mabberley

A rich account of the origins of one of our favorite fruits.

Camden Herald

The Story of the Apple reveals the solution to a long-standing puzzle. Where did the apple come from, and why is the familiar large, sweet, cultivated apple so different from all other wild apple species with their bitter, cherry-sized fruits? This book will fascinate gardeners who wish to know more about the origin and natural history of the plants that they grow in their yards or orchards, researchers and students in botany and horticulture who want the evidence from DNA, geology, anthropology, archaeology, zoology, and Classical history, and anyone with an interest in diet, well-being, and the benevolent effects of plants on the emergence of humankind.

Media reviews

"A rich account of the origins of one of our favorite fruits."

—Lynette Walther, Camden Herald

About the authors

Barrie E. Juniper

Barrie E. Juniper, University of Oxford, is a pioneer in the study of plant surfaces, including the specialized ones of insect-catching carnivorous plants. His research interests also include the interaction between people, their animals, and the evolution of crop plants.

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David J. Mabberley

David J. Mabberley is a renowned plant systematist and botanical historian whose botanical interests are wide-ranging. He currently holds the Orin and Althea Soest Chair in Horticultural Science, and received the 2004 American Society of Plant Taxonomists' Peter H. Raven Scientific Outreach Award.

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