The apple is the fruit of the apple tree, one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees.
The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists.
Apples have been present in the mythology and religions of many cultures, including Norse, Greek and Christian traditions. Different cultivars are bred for various tastes and uses, including in cooking, fresh eating and cider production.
About 69 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide in 2010, and China produced almost half of this total, followed by the USA (with more than 6% of world production), Turkey, Italy, India and Poland.