John Gerarde, The Herball, 1597 - Apples are described, p.1275, detail.

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Date:1597

Description:The uses of apples: Shakespeare's references to fruit.

The Herball of John Gerarde explains how apple trees cost little to maintain, but produce a fine crop for everyone. The orchards of Kent and of Hereford were known to be particularly good for eating apples and cider making, but also for feeding pigs on the windfalls. Shakespeare’s plays mention various fruit, from pippins to strawberries.

See: ‘when I was last in Holborn I saw good strawberries in your garden there.’ (Richard III, 3,4, lines 30-34.


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


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