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Malus domestica


Malus domestica

(Apple)


Botanical info: 

Apple is a deciduous tree, generally standing 2 to 4.5 m tall in cultivation and up to 9 m in the wild, with  alternate dark green oval leaves with serrated margins. As a complex of variably hybrid origin, apple tree natural habitat is doubtful, though it is considered native to central Asia. Flowering March to April.  


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Epidemics 3:

        a. Sweet and fragrant apple broken and poured with water; this water is diuretic. 

    b. In Regimen 2: 

        a. Sweet apples are indigestible, while acrid are astringent.  


Other uses: 

The chief dietetic value of apples lies in the malic and tartaric acids. These acids are of signal benefit to persons of sedentary habits, who are liable to liver derangements, and they neutralize the acid products of gout and indigestion. 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is a respectable old rhyme that has some reason in it. 


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