10 Ways the Apple Changed the World

Updated September 27, 2017
You know what they say about an apple a day—but apples aren’t just for eating. They’ve played a pretty significant role throughout history. Here are a few of the major players in the apple world. MORE+ LESS-

1. Eve and the Forbidden Fruit

Let’s get reeeeeally old school with one of the oldest stories around: when Eve took a bite of that infamous apple. For centuries—no, millennia!—writers, poets and artists have been telling versions of this tale. Who knew eating a piece of fruit could be so influential?


2. Apple iPhones

Jumping forward a few thousand years, this little device was a major game changer when it launched in 2007—not only for mobile phones, but also to technology overall. It’s not an exaggeration to say we interact with the world in a totally different way now than we did pre-iPhone.


3. Apple Pie

Is there anything more quintessentially American than apple pie? While apples are technically only Americans’ second-favorite fruit (bananas are the most popular), we still think you should try this homemade apple pie recipe for a slice of heartwarming goodness. Because “as American as banana cream pie” just sounds wrong.


4. Isaac Newton

As the story goes, it was an apple falling from a tree that inspired Isaac Newton to formulate his theory of gravity. Thanks to Newton, physics was never the same.


5. Apple Cider

Autumn just wouldn’t be autumn without a cup of apple cider. Bonfires, apple picking, getting cozy on the couch with a good book—it all goes great with a cup of the good stuff. So when the weather gets chilly, why not try making your own apple cider?


6. Johnny Appleseed

Believe it or not, there’s only one kind of apple native to the U.S.: the crabapple. We have John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, to thank for our current national apple obsession. In the 1700s and 1800s, Chapman planted apple trees throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, present-day West Virginia and even parts of Canada. He spent the final chapter of his life in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where the local minor league baseball team is now named in his honor.

7. Apple Records

This iconic record label and its familiar green apple logo is most famous because of its founders the Beatles (maybe you’ve heard of them?), but it was also the label for artists like Ravi Shankar, Ronnie Spector and James Taylor.

8. An Apple a Day

Everyone knows that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Although at that rate, it would take nearly seven years to sample each of the 2,500 varieties grown in the U.S.—and more than 20 years to try every kind of apple in the world. (In reality, the average person eats 65 apples each year.)

9. I Love You THIS MUCH

When you say you love someone “a bushel and a peck,” that’s an actual measurement, although the official definition varies by state. In Rhode Island, a bushel of apples weighs 48 pounds, and 1 bushel = 4 pecks. But “I love you 60 pounds” just doesn’t sound as sweet…

10. The Big Apple

It’s hard to imagine a time that “the Big Apple” wasn’t synonymous with New York City, but if you asked any New Yorker a hundred years ago, they might not know what you were talking about. While the earliest known useage dates back to 1909, the phrase didn’t gain steam until the 1920s, when sportswriter John J. Fitz Gerald used it in his articles about horse-racing.

Now that you know all about apples, here’s what to make with them.