Adam and Eve ate an apple. That apple and many more fruits can be found in the following collection of proverbs and quotes.

There is also a page with a Dutch version of proverbs about fruits.



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"I hope I never smell the smell of apples again!" said Fili. "My tub was full of it. To smell apples everlastingly when you can scarcely move and are cold and sick with hunger is maddening. I could eat anything in the wide world now, for hours on end - but not an apple!"

The Hobbit – Chapter 10 – A warm welcome
J.R.R. Tolkien

South away! and South away!
Seek the sunlight and the day,
Back to pasture, back to mead,
Where the kine and oxen feed!
Back to gardens on the hills
Where the berry swells and fills
Under sunlight, under day!
South away! and South away!

The Hobbit - Chapter 9 - Barrels Out of Bond
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the elves

A bad tree does not yield good apples.

A black plum is as sweet as a white.

A cherry year, a merry year; a plum year, a dumb year.

A coconut shell full of water is a sea to an ant.


A coconut shell full of water is an ocean to an ant.

A cooked tomato is like a cooked oyster: ruined.

Andre Simon

A dead cherry tree will not blossom.

A fig tree with figs turned out to be a ruin with mosquitoes.


A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream.

Africa, Swahili

A fruit tree that grows in a dung heap will certainly blossom.

A fruit-bearing tree is known by its flowers.

A good tree bears good fruit.

A good tree brings forth good fruit.

A goodly apple rotten at the heart: O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath.


A grape that sees another gets ripe.

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.

Benny Green

A large spider sat in the middle of a frosted web in the brambles.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

A lawsuit is a fruit-tree planted in a lawyer's garden.

A man only takes rosella to the bush to plant one time.

West Africa
A proverb from the Soninke people of West Africa: Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. [Yugo do Sangume wa telle gunne ta banne ya]. The proverb is used in contexts when something only needs to be done once.

A melon forced off its vine is not sweet.

A palm tree growing in the shade will not bear ripe fruit.

A pear tree cannot bear an apple.

A pear will fall to its root.

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If you are interested in fruits you will also like the World Crops Database.

Starfruits and oranges

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