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Where do apples come from?

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The apples purchased at stores come from a special kind of farm called an orchard. Although wild apples grow through Europe, North America, and Asia, the origin of domesticated apples can be traced back to Kazakhstan; specifically, the Tien Shan mountains.

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Apples were probably the first domesticated tree. They have hybridized so extensively with other species that many modern varieties have more genes from the crab apple than from their ancient progenitor, Malus sieversii. From Central Asia, domesticated apples were brought to Europe by the Greeks. Apples are now grown around the world, on rolling plains and gentle slopes that provide good drainage. The majority of apples produced in the world today come from China. As of 2013, China grew more apples than all of the other top ten apple producers combined.

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