Did you know that there is a highly toxic nightshade species that grows in South Africa and is very well known as the “poison apple”?
Over the years the Solanum aculeastrum plant has taken on all sorts of different terms from goat apple to sodaapple, and so on.
Interestingly enough, the original “poison apple” stems back to the late 1700’s and was not even an apple; it was a bright red tomato. During the time period, Europeans developed a terrifying appreciation for the tomato. After aristocrats had become deathly ill after consumption of the tomato, many view the plant as highly toxic. Though, the truth is, the toxic effects were merely due to the pewter dinner plates which were riddled with high amounts of lead.
When it comes to modern tales, none focus on the poison apple more so than the Disney classic, Snow White. The Witch in the story carefully dips a fresh apple into a deadly batch of Raven watches, and later pulls it out revealing a dripping face skull on the skin of the apple.
Once remove from the cauldron, The Witch kindly offers the apple to Snow White, who hesitantly takes a good bite. To ease her concerns, The Witch eats the harmless, untainted white half. Within due time, Snow White falls to the floor, stuck forever in a coma. To The Witch, she has achieved victory believing Snow White has died, but if she only knew the truth.
Furious, the Seven Dwarves chase her to a cliffs edge where she is trapped and eventually falls to her death. Vultures gladly consume her evil spirited body. Though, like every good Disney story, it is not truly over till the hero arrives and saves the cursed. With a simple kiss, a charming prince bring the beautiful, slumbering Snow White back to life.
What a wonderful story full of marvelous meanings and symbolism. It’s a good reason as to why the poison apple tattoo has become so popular over the years with women.