Apple (Malus domestica)

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Apples, round-bottomed flasks and some of the molecules present in apples: Apples, round-bottomed flasks and some of the molecules present in apples: (left-to-right, top) malic acid, epicatechin, amygdalin, (left-to-right, bottom) quercetin, pectin, procyanidin B2

Will an apple a day really keep the doctor away, or do apples deserve their role of forbidden and poisonous fruit popularised in religious texts and folklore? Just in time for your New Year’s resolutions, we look at some of the compounds present in this popular fruit in detail.

1. Before you panic, rest assured that apples are fine to eat, and are indeed one of our favourite foods here at Picture It HQ. As this wikipedia article suggests, the bad press may have come about either because the Latin word for apple (malum) is written the same as the Latin word for evil, or because all foreign fruit used to be called apple. Just like the round-bottomed flasks in the main picture, which are…

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