- "A common fruit found on trees all around Hyrule. Eat it fresh, or cook it to increase its effect."
- — In-game text from Breath of the Wild
Apples are recurring items in the The Legend of Zelda series.
Apples, which restore hearts, can be found by knocking them out of trees with the use of the Pegasus Boots. They are also an answer to a clue in the quest for the Whirlwind Sword Attack in the Game Boy Advance port.
- "You got a sweet-looking apple! It looks just ready to eat, too! Hmm... Yes... The ones over there are sweeter, so let's put this one back."
- — In-game description from Twilight Princess
Apples are sold in the southern thoroughfare of Hyrule Castle Town, along with bread and flowers. When Link examines one, the "item found" sound plays, but it is impossible for Link to actually pick them up or use them in any way.
Apples serve the same function as they did in A Link to the Past. However, they come in two colors, which differs the amounts of hearts recovered: the common red apples restores one heart, while the less common green restores three. The green variants can only be found in the tree near Link's House or during a battlefield with Shadow Link, and are noted to be less sweet. Apples can be captured with the Bug-Catching Net and stored inside an empty Bottle.
Apples can be found on trees all over Hyrule. They restore half of a heart when consumed by Link. They can be eaten fresh or roasted using fire or volcanic temperatures to produce Baked Apples, thereby increasing their effect to three-fourths of a heart. Apples can also be used to increase Link´s bond with his horse by holding one and walking up to the horse's mouth. Horses will also eat Apples off the ground. Link can also feed them to Wolf Link to restore half of his hearts.
Link can use apples in Cooking to create food dishes such as Simmered Fruit, Apple Pie, Honeyed Apple, or Hot Buttered Apple depending on the ingredients used. Apples are one of the most common food items in Breath of the Wild as they can be found breaking boxes and barrels or found lying around certain stables such as Dueling Peaks Stable. Link can also purchase an Apple from the General Shoppe in Korok Forest and certain traveling merchants. Large numbers of apple trees can be found on Satori Mountain and Applean Forest.
Apples often play a role in find hidden Koroks, such as shooting apples of an apple tree to match other nearby trees (these apple trees using appear in groups of three) or dropping them in the offering plate of certain guardian deity statues.