Deutsch: Apfel
The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.

In the food context, an apple is a fruit that is commonly eaten raw or used in cooking and baking. Here are some examples:

  1. Apple pie: A classic dessert made with sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, and a buttery crust.

  2. Apple sauce: A sweetened puree of cooked apples, often served as a side dish or used as a topping for pancakes or oatmeal.

  3. Apple juice: A sweet beverage made by pressing apples and extracting the juice.

  4. Caramel apples: Whole apples coated in caramel and sometimes nuts or other toppings, typically enjoyed as a treat during fall and winter.

  5. Apple cider: A non-alcoholic beverage made from fresh apples that are pressed and then heated.

Here are some similar things to apples:

  1. Pears: Another sweet fruit that is often eaten raw or cooked, and can be used in similar recipes to apples.

  2. Quinces: A fruit with a similar texture and flavor to apples, often used in jams, jellies, and desserts.

  3. Crabapples: Small, tart apples that are often used to make jams and jellies.

  4. Persimmons: A sweet fruit with a texture similar to apples, often used in baked goods and as a topping for salads.

  5. Plums: Another sweet fruit that can be used in a variety of recipes, from desserts to sauces.

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