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This article focuses on the fruit.
For the poisoned version, see Poisoned Apple.

Zelena: Red apples are so sickly sweet, don't you think? People tend to like something... a little sharper.
Regina Mills: And green apples are just... bitter.
Zelena and Regina src

Apples are a fruit featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They first appear in first episode of the first season.


Before First Curse

In Agrabah, Jasmine and Aladdin are on their way to the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin ponders getting treasures from the cave, while Jasmine chides him for only thinking of himself when the realm is at stake. Despite their differences in opinions, he makes Jasmine smile by offering her an apple.("Street Rats")

When Queen Regina marries King Leopold and moves into his palace, she brings an apple tree over from her father's estate. Years later, a Genie who is in love with Regina, is staying at the palace as Leopold's guest. As he waits for Regina by the tree, he cuts off an apple and eats it. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")

One day, the Huntsman, posing as one of the Queen's Black Knights, is walking Snow White through the woods. As she attempts to engage him in a conversation, the princess retrieves two apples from her satchel. She offers one to the Huntsman, who declines. The princess takes a large bite of one apple as she starts questioning him about his true identity. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")

Regina is in possession of an apple enchanted with a sleeping curse, but the apple is stolen from her by the Blind Witch. Retrieving it with the help of Hansel and Gretel, Regina goes on to offer the apple to Snow White, asking her to willingly taste its poison, in order to save Prince Charming. After taking a bite of the fruit, Snow White drops the apple and falls into a coma. As the apple rolls away, it falls into a portal in present-day Storybrooke. ("True North", "An Apple Red as Blood")

Shortly afterward, the Evil Queen is tending to her apple tree when a knight approaches carrying the Magic Mirror, who has bad news for her: Snow White was woken from the coma with a kiss of true love. ("Lost Girl")

The Queen sneaks into Rumplestiltskin's dungeon by transforming into a black mouse. As the transformed queen approaches the cell bars to talk to the Dark One, she passes by a tiny gray mouse nibbling on a red apple on the floor of the cell chambers. ("The Thing You Love Most")

During First Curse

Wishing to get rid of Emma, Regina shows up at the inn Emma is staying at and offers her a basket of apples to enjoy on her way home to Boston. Emma politely accepts an apple but refuses to leave Storybrooke, causing Regina to threaten her. Emma then heads to Granny's Diner. As she sits at the counter, she is about to take the first bite of the apple, but is interrupted when she is given a free cinnamon hot chocolate by Henry. Emma proceeds to walk Henry to school. As the two of them chat, Henry is surprised when he sees Emma about to take a bite of the apple, and asks where she got it from. When Emma says that it came from Regina, he takes it from her and tosses it away, telling her not to eat it.

Meanwhile, Regina is tending to her apple tree and picking apples outside of her work office when Sidney Glass brings her a copy of the latest edition of the Storybrooke Daily Mirror, which shows a mugshot photo of Emma. Later that day, Emma, frustrated with Regina's attempts to scare her out of town, takes a chainsaw to the tree and cuts off some of the branches, causing many apples to fall to the ground. While Regina is collecting the fallen apples, Sheriff Graham, who arrested Emma at the mayor's request, comes to talk to her about the situation. At night, Mr. Gold takes a stroll and ends up in Regina's backyard as she is tending to her apple tree. He notices she is in in high spirits and congratulates her for banishing Emma, to which Regina replies that she has triumphed. As Gold picks an apple from the tree, he tells Regina not to get ahead of herself because he saw Emma and Henry together. Suspiciously, she inquiries if Emma arriving in town was something he planned, but Mr. Gold asks her to drop the subject by saying "please", an enchantment that was part of a previous deal he made with Regina in their past lives, in which she must obey him if he ends the sentence with "please". He proceeds to take a bite of the fruit before throwing it behind his back as he walks away, while a shocked Regina is unable to disobey his command. ("The Thing You Love Most")

While sitting in Regina's office, Mr. Gold takes an apple from her fruit bowl and tosses it to Regina as they discuss a plan to frame Mary Margaret for murder. ("The Stable Boy")

Regina has a nightmare in which the townspeople remember their lives from the Enchanted Forest, and seek her out for vengeance. They tie to her apple tree in the town center, with the putrefied apples so rotten that they turn into a black ooze when squished in Emma's hand. After Regina wakes from this nightmare, she notices that her apple tree is actually rotting and confronts Mr. Gold about it being a sign that the Dark Curse is breaking. Still wishing to get rid of Emma, Regina contracts Jefferson to fetch the poisoned apple with his magic hat in exchange for forgetting his true identity. After baking the apple into a turnover, she gifts it to Emma, who has decided to leave town permanently. When Henry sees the apple turnover, he smells the apple ingredients and insists that the turnover is poisoned. To prove it, he takes a bite and falls under a sleeping curse. ("An Apple Red as Blood")

Henry is rushed to hospital, where Emma shows the turnover to Dr. Whale. She explains that Henry ate it and collapsed, but Whale says that Henry isn't showing any symptoms of being poisoned and Emma realizes that his injury must have come from magic. ("A Land Without Magic")

After First Curse

After the breaking of the curse, Regina reclaims her mother's old spell book from Mr. Gold's pawnshop. Upon opening the book to a tree rejuvenation spell, she inhales the magical vapors of the book; restoring her magic and replenishing the dying apple tree. ("We Are Both")

Following Henry's capture in Neverland, Peter Pan throws him an apple as the other Lost Boys look on. Henry declines, saying he doesn't like apples, referring to it as a family thing. Pan explains that the apple is not for eating, but target practice. He calls over Felix, who puts the apple on top of his own head. Pan eggs Henry on as the Lost Boys begin chanting for him to fire an arrow. Tentatively, Henry readies his aim at the apple as Pan promises him the act will be “exhilarating”. At the last moment, he changes his target from Felix and fires the shaft at Pan, who catches the arrow with ease. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

At New York City's Central Park, Henry sees a certain apple tree that looks identical to Regina's tree. However, because of his erased memories, he does not recognize it. ("A Curious Thing")

During Second Curse
While putting on earrings in the hallway of her house, Regina hears the doorbell ring. She goes to check, but only finds a basket of green apples on the doorstep. From inside the building, her half-sister, Zelena, reveals her presence and explains that she saw Regina's apple tree and thought she could use something better, stating that red apples are sickly sweet and people want something sharper. Regina is not impressed and comments that green apples are just bitter. Later, Emma enters Regina's study and finds Hook looking at a green apple in his hand. She tells him that if she were him, she would watch out for the apples in Regina's house, but he hardly responds, causing her to tell him it was a joke and ask him where his sense of humor went. ("Bleeding Through")

After Third Curse

Zelena returns home after an argument with her sister Regina and finds Regina's darker self, the serum queen, waiting for her. Zelena asks her what she wants, to which the Queen persuades her to join her for a sisterly chat over drinks and offers Zelena a green appletini. ("The Savior")

As the new teacher, Shirin, is leaving the school, Mary Margaret gifts her an apple. The newcomer wonder what that's for and Mary Margaret tells her that it 's a tradition in the Land Without Magic, but one which she for personal reasons can't get behind. ("Strange Case")

As Henry is putting out the trash, the serum queen shows up in the garden, eating an apple. Henry asks her what she's doing there and she says that she is looking out for her son, before throwing the apple away. Later, Mr. Gold comes to see the serum queen at Zelena's farmhouse. Two appletinis are sitting on the table and the Dark One sees that the queen is celebrating. The queen invites him to join her, but the Dark One is not interested. ("Dark Waters")

The serum queen sits in Regina's office, where the genie Aladdin is brewing a red appletini for her. The queen openly flirts with him, but he rebuffs her by placing the drink in her hand. When Regina shows up looking for a way to reach Emma, the Queen tries to entice her with a toast in honor of both of them, but Regina is not interested. ("Wish You Were Here")

As Regina duels with her serum counterpart in her office, she takes a fruit bowl and empties out the apples before proceeding to use it as a weapon against her alter ego. ("Page 23")

At Peter Pan's old camp in Neverland, some of the Lost Boys are dancing around an open fire as others carry a roasted pig with an apple in its mouth, on a gurney. As they set the meal down, Tiger Lily fires an arrow through the apple, causing the Lost Boys to chase after her in retaliation, which gives Hook the time to grab some magic sap from a tree to free his own shadow. ("Awake")

After the Final Battle has been won, some of the Dwarves put up a new inscription on the entrance to Regina's office: "Regina Mills, Queen" under the words "Mayor of Storybrooke". Regina is touched by their handiwork and later on, she sits at her desk and proudly holds a red apple that she picked out from her fruit bowl. ("The Final Battle Part 2")

During Fifth Curse
Alice, desperate to prove her innocence in the murder of two women, is tracking down her own movements the day before. She discovers that she bought an apple for herself. At Roni's, Kelly comes over to the bar to talk to Roni, who gives her sister a green appletini and says she made her an apology. ("The Girl in the Tower")


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  • In "The Thing You Love Most", Regina claims to Emma that her apples are from a Honeycrisp tree. However, the apples in the basket, on the tree, and everywhere else that apples are used in this episode are Red Delicious, which have a totally different shape and color from Honeycrisp apples. Honeycrisp apples were not commercially available until 1991, and must be specifically bred.



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