GAELIC NAME : Úll
LATIN NAME : Pyrus
COMMON / FOLK NAMES :
Fruit of the Gods
Fruit of the Underworld
Tree of Love
MEDICINAL PART : Fruit
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland
DESCRIPTION : If left to grow naturally can
grow to heights of 15 to 20 feet. Grey bark, with oblong leaves, blossoms appear
in May and are white tipped with pink. Mature trees over fifteen years of
age bear fruit from September to October.
Apples are eaten raw as a fruit they contain boron in their skins. The
Apples are made into Cider, Apple Wine or Cider Vinegar. Also made into
preserves, and used in cakes and flans and other confectionaries.
In Ancient Ireland
the apple used would probably have been the 'crab-apple' or wild apple, which
has a bitter astringent taste (it dries the mouth!!) and is smaller than
commercial varieties available today.
FLOWERING PERIOD : May to July
love rituals, marriage ceremonies and similar rituals. Call on Angus Óg
for love rituals, Airmed for healing, Aine for healing emotional disturbances.
love spells use the fruit or the blossoms.
was regarded as the fruit of immortality in Celtic Mythology. The Welsh
'Avalon' means 'Apple Island' and is considered synonymous with Tír
na nÓg in Irish Mythology and Emain Abhlach 'The Island of Apples'.
The soul of Cu
Roi Mac Daire was imprisoned in an apple that resided in the stomach of a
salmon which appeared once every seven years. An apple tree grew over the
grave of the tragic lover Ailinn. Cúchulainn
followed the trail of a magical apple to gain his freedom in one story.
Connla the son of Conn
is fed an apple by a fairy lover which sustains him but also makes him fall
hopelessly in love with her. One of the tasks of the children of Tuirenn
is to retrieve the magical apples of the Hesperides.
Adventures of Connla
Fate of the Children of Tuirenn