Cosimo De Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, gave a lavish banquet at his castle in 1670.
At this party, 56 varieties of apples were served in various ways. Today, there are more than 6,500 varieties of apples, thanks to crossbreeding by botanists and horticulturists.
Ever since the days of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, apples have played their part in legend, science, art and history. They are as important today as they were in ancient Rome.