Patience is Sweet: The Story of the Apple
The two apple trees in the Stevenson Garden are heavy with young green apples. Too heavy, in fact! I took this opportunity to discuss an array of topics relating to apples.
If we imagine an apple tree as of a big ball of energy, the energy eventually makes its way to the apples. If the branches are full of many clusters of little apples the energy is being divided into those fruits. If one were to “thin” the apples by reducing the number down to smaller clusters the energy would then be concentrated into less apples; resulting in larger apples. It is common practice to thin fruits in order to produce larger fruits for markets.
We tasted these super unripe apples along with ripe apples- and boy were they tart!
**yet another teaching moment** Unripe fruit is full of tannins- a chemical compound that causes the tartness. This is to discourage animals from picking the fruit and therefore spreading the seeds before the seeds are mature. Once the fruit has matured so have the seeds. The sweet ripe fruit invites hungry animals (and children) to eat the fruit and therefore spread the seed for future offspring!
We all agreed patience was better than eating the apples a few months early. Though, surprisingly, some of the kids loved the sour apples. They said they were “better than sour patch kids”.
I call that success!
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