John Gerarde, The Herball, 1597 - apples woodcut, p.1274, detail.

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Date:1597

Description:Apples, at the end of a meal are mentioned in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Gerarde’s herbal includes all kinds of fruit and trees as well as flowers and vegetables, many of which Elizabethans grew in their gardens at home, but which are varieties not regularly known today. Shakespeare’s references to fruit include pippins, [apples] ‘I will make an end to my dinner: there’s pippins and cheese to come.’ (The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1,2, line 10)

See also: Richard II, 3,4, lines 58-65.

Full title: John Gerarde, The Herball, [colophon: Edm. Bollifant for Bonham and John Norton], 1597.


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