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The common fruit the apple has significance in different areas of mythology.

  • In Christian tradition, the apple was the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (although Jewish traditions identify it variously as figs, grapes or wheat).
    • A fragment of the fruit is said to have stuck in Adam's throat, and forms the Adam's apple, or the visible signs of the voice-box or larynx in the human neck - the thyroid cartilage.
  • In classical Greek mythology, the Apple of Discord was that thrown by Eris, the goddess of discord, into a gathering to cause trouble between the goddesses. This trouble lay at the root of the Trojan War.