The fruit, Malus communis, Pyrus malus, or Malus malus, the native home of which is said to be Asia Minor. In the Bible (Genesis 3) it is identified as the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge eaten by Adam and Eve. The tree, in Hebrew thap-puakk, is referred to in Canticle of Canticles, 2 and 8, whence such place-names as Tappuah or Taphua (Joshua 12 and 15) or Beth-tappuah (Joshua 15).

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  • Adam’s apple {Pomum Adami) is the prominence in the fore part of the throat so called from the belief that a piece of the forbidden fruit lodged in Adam’s throat
  • the apple is used as a decoration on a church
  • the Infant Christ is represented holding an apple, the fruit of Paradise that became the cause of Adam’s fall
  • it is sometimes, though rarely, a symbol of obedience and of life
  • Sodom’s apple (Apple of Sodom; Dead Sea apple) symbolizes sin, or sinful lust, is said to grow near the site of the biblical Sodom, and turns to smoke and ashes when plucked

It has specific association with some saints and beati

MLA Citation

  • “apple“. Emblems of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2019. Web. 17 June 2021. <>