Apples are arguably the most storied of fruits. The flower of the welcoming apple tree, this sweet crop has had an illustrious history, inspiring fairy tales, legends, biblical script and magical lore.
With its windy limbs growing low to the ground, the apple tree reaches out to welcome us, inviting people to climb its short trunk and pick its fruit. We empathize with its approachable stature and share our excitement with it as we take a bite from its crisp, satisfying gift. Like its tree, the apple holds an emotional component. We round up the family to go apple picking and the fruit becomes a part of our day and our memories. We share the fruit with our teachers as apples are a symbol of knowledge. We use the fruit to celebrate our varied customs and ceremonies. Apples also have a long history of use in divination, especially to foretell the future in matters of love and prosperity.
Apples are enchanting - it is the fruit that holds charming powers to anyone who receives it as a gift from a loved one. The apple is actually a part of the rose family and carries similar symbolism. During a handfasting, the bride and groom may hand each other a red apple as a symbol of the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life. Like the rose ceremony at a wedding, the exchanging of the apples (instead of roses) can symbolize the "love" in "I Love You." Handing an apple to your soon-to-be-spouse is appropriate as your first gift to one another: the gift of love - and highly appropriate if the wedding falls around the Autumnal Equinox.