Apples: British to the Core

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An apple is an edible fruit produced by an apple tree. Apple trees are cultivated worldwide and are the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.
The saying goes an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And it is true. Apples have so many health benefits as incredibly nutritious fruits. Apples are rich in fiber and antioxidants, but also vitamin C. Consuming apples helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
In this documentary, horticulturalist Chris Beardshaw uncovers the British contribution to the history of our most iconic fruit.
He reveals the 'golden age', when the passion and dedication of Victorian gardeners gave us more varieties than anywhere else in the world. Chris also finds out how the remarkable ingenuity of a small group of 20th century British scientists helped create the modern mass-market apple.

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