The Royal History of Champneys Homegrown Apples

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From biblical scriptures, to cinematic fairy tales and the recognisable stamp of a technology giant, the humble apple has come to represent more than just a staple ingredient in our favourite smoothie, thoughout time it has been synonymous with knowledge, temptation and good health. The earliest mention of apples in England is documented in writings by King Alfred in 885 AD, although it is believed that they grew in Britain much earlier and that the sweeter varieties were brought here by the Romans.

Today there is over 7,500 different types of apple grown globally, with one, the Lane’s Prince Albert native to the area of Champneys Tring, where it still grows in the resort grounds today. 

 

Ever wondered where some of the apple sayings we use today and came from?

‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’

This aphorism was first used in 1913 but was based on a much older form with a different rhyme that originated in Wales: ‘Eat an apple on going to bed and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread.’  

‘How do you like them apples’

First coined by World War I soldiers as they launched medium mortar, ‘toffee apple’ shaped grenades, at the enemy. It later went on to be a popular line in famous westerns and blockbuster films, including Good Will Hunting.

‘The apple of my eye’

A biblical reference to the pupil, was translated to apple by King Alfred in the ninth century AD who likened its shape to the popular fruit. The concept is that the person you look at and admire the most is reflected back in your pupil, thus making them the apple of your eye. Much later in 1596, William Shakespeare used this saying in A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

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