The Apple in Eden
If you ask someone who is not overly familiar with Genesis to summarize the story of Adam and Eve, you will get something that sounds like this: the first man and first woman ate an apple because the talking snake said to and screwed everything up for everyone somehow. Frankly, most Christians will recite a similar summary. They may add in more detail, such as explaining that the apple was forbidden fruit and that it brought about the original sin, but the basics of man, woman, apple and snake will largely remain unchanged. One of those specifics, however, is not like the others. It is incorrect.
In the case of Genesis 3, the detail that is wrong is the word “apple.” Though the fruit Adam and Eve ate in the Garden of Eden is most commonly identified as an apple, the fruit is never named. In the past, some people believed that it was actually a pomegranate, but that is not correct either. All that is said is that the fruit was from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and it was “good for food, and…a delight to the eyes.”