- "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 acquired 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 picks one up and examines it, the token "item found" sound plays, but it is impossible for Link to actually pick them up or use them in any way, so he is forced to put it back.
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 are a curative item that restore Link's health by refilling one half of a Heart Container when consumed by Link. They can be eaten fresh or roasted using fire or volcanic temperatures to produce Baked Apples, thereby increasing their healing 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 of the ground. Link can also feed them to Wolf Link to restore half of his hearts. Due to their omnivorous diet, Bokoblins will pick up and eat said apples as well. Other animals such as deer will eat apples off the ground, which Link can use to his advantage when he is hunting to distract or lure them. Link can obtain Apples from apple trees by either cutting down the tree, climbing it and picking them off, shooting the apples off with arrows (which become lodged in the apple allowing Link to recover the arrow when he picks up the apple), or by hitting the tree with a blunt weapon or spear until the apples fall (this however is a more inconvenient way of getting them as it reduces the weapon's durability). As apples are common, a single apple sells for only 3 Rupees, though this is mitigated by the fact that because Link can obtain large numbers of apples with little difficulty, he can sell large numbers of apples to earn a decent profit. He can also cook them into a dish or Baked Apples which he can sell for more Rupees than he would get for selling plain old raw apples.
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 by breaking boxes and barrels or can be found lying around certain stables such as the Dueling Peaks Stable. Link can also purchase an Apple from the General Shoppe in Korok Forest and certain traveling merchants, though a single Apple costs 12 Rupees which can be considered a waste of money given the ease at which Link can obtain apples for free. Large numbers of apple trees can be found on Satori Mountain and Applean Forest. Additionally, an apple tree grows behind Link's House in Hateno Village. Apples are also among the fruits randomly dropped by Hinox when defeated.
Apples often play a role in finding hidden Koroks, such as shooting apples of an apple tree to match other nearby trees (these apple trees usually appear in groups of three), shooting an out of place apple hanging from a palm tree, or dropping them in the offering plate of certain guardian deity statues.