When you walk into school, do you notice that teachers like to decorate with apples?
Or have you ever heard the expression “an apple for the teacher”?
Do teachers really like apples?
Here’s a few reasons why apples and teachers go together.
There's an apple in the story of Snow White and the Sever Dwarfs. Sir Issac Newton saw an apple fall from a tree and discovered gravity.
Apples have been teaching lessons throughout history.
School is where you learn lessons, so apples became associated with schools. And teachers.
Apples weren’t very tasty when they were first grown in North America.
In fact, they were mostly used to make ciders, juice and alcohol, because they weren’t very good to eat.
Farmers started finding ways to grow sweeter varieties. They wanted people to know that apples were a good choice for families (not just for making cider).
Sayings like “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” (which had been around since the 1860s) became popular again.
It was a tradition at this time to give teachers a gift of food in return for their services. Families who couldn't afford anything else gave apples — so apples became associated with teachers.
Back in the frontier days, townspeople were in charge of making sure the local school teacher was taken care of.
Poor families who wanted to feed teachers a special treat would choose an apple. Apples are harvested in the fall, and they would have a lot of them.
Today, there are plenty of pop culture references keeping the tradition of apple-giving alive.
Have a look at music, TV, movies, books and video games. You can find examples of children giving a juicy sweet apple to their teacher to this day.
In Pinocchio, Gepetto gives an apple to Pinocchio on his first day of school. And in A Christmas Story, the schoolchildren give apples to their teacher.