FROM THE WILD FRUITS TO THE ORCHARDS

Wild apple
Wild apple
© Delobelle/Bios

Chantecler Belchard apple
Chantecler Belchard apple
© Weber/INRA



 
 


 

Comparing wild apples as they still may be found in the woods with the produce of modern orchards shows how much they have been improved.

Golden delicious
Golden Delicious apples
© Guéneau/Min. Agriculture

From the early times of agriculture, man has grown, selected and grafted fruit trees.

Urbanization, and globalization have led to the development of specialized orchards.

During colonial times, large plantations of exotic fruit to be exported have become important.