— are a strange phenomenon in international mission.
They seem to pop up — everywhere.
You could be in Asia, at a business meeting, and someone may offer you an apple.
You could be in Latin America — or even South Africa, and be offered an apple-flavored drink.
In Europe? …in France, Germany and England alike — you
wouldn’t have to walk too far — to find an apple on a shelf.
So — how did this relation to the rose — (Yep — did you know that?) Apples are actually the cultivated fruit from the rose family tree — come to stretch to all corners of the world?
The love of apples has stretched so far — that even in a far off village, someone can be found off the side of any major highway selling apples — in places where they can’t even be cultivated.
Part of the answer — is spiritual. Apples are symbolic in many religions. The spread of religion, and missionaries, brings the fruits that help them to explain their beliefs.
Part of the answer, is nutrition. Apples offer great nutrition. (That is a future post in it’s own right.)
Wherever you find yourself — an apple is usually not that far away.
For that reason, sometimes we cook with them.
Apples are a good-feeling, peace-keeping opportunity. Apple Pie, Apple Cider, Apple Sauce, Apple Cake, Apple Bread, Apple Cookies — are all wonderful ways to celebrate distribution networks that make something so simple as an apple — possible — in all corners of the world.
Common foods help different cultures to unite.
Stay tuned for international apple recipes and projects to come, like this Apple Cider Cups Recipe that the children of the village enjoyed:
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