It’s Like Apples and Oranges

595 WordsJan 30, 20182 Pages
The idiom “It’s like apples and oranges” has been around for a long time. When uttered it is meant to say that two things are so different that there is no basis for comparison. For example, “Even though they are twins, Mike and Bob are like apples and oranges, they never agree on anything”. Are Mike and Bob really so different? If so, is there truly no basis for comparison? Much like Mike and Bob, apples and oranges may have more in common than the person who would utter such a comment might think. What follows is a multi-tiered examination of the two fruits. Historically, apples and oranges have been part of the human diet for more years than have been recorded. It has been speculated that apples originated in the mountainous areas of western Asia (Hathaway). Similarly, oranges are believed to come from Indo China, which is also in western Asia (Morton). Both fruits were brought to the western hemisphere by European settlers (Hathaway; Morton). Apples were likely introduced to North America by the English or French (Hathaway). Oranges, on the other hand, were brought by the Spanish to Central and South America (Morton). Orange trees are known to science as Citrus Sinensis, whereas, apples trees are known as Malus Domesticus (Apples Vs Oranges). Both belong to the Plantae kingdom, are classified Hathaway 2 as Magnoliopsida and belong to the Magnoliophyta Division (Apples Vs Oranges). The two trees belong to different families, apples belong
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