Apples were one of the first plants people planted on purpose. DNA analysis indicates that the wild Malus sieversii is one of the key ancestors of all cultivated apples grown and eaten around the world.
Malus sieversii is a wild apple that is described as small but highly coloured with a very nice sweet flavour, originated in the mountains of Kazakhstan.
Almaty, the largest city and the former capital of Kazakhstan, derives its name from the Kazakh word for "apple" (Alma), and is often translated as "full of apples" (the region surrounding Almaty is home to forests of Malus sieversii); alma is also "apple" in other Turkic languages, as well as in Hungarian. The Soviet-era name, Alma-Ata, is Kazakh for "Father of Apples".
Apples are cross-pollinators, meaning they require pollen from another apple (of a different variety) in order to produce fruit. In a cross-pollinated system, pollen is carried by insect vectors such as honeybees or bumblebees to be transferred from one plant to another.