One of the prominent Greek myths evolving the golden apple is the Eleventh Labour of Heracles. After his first ten labours it was decided that Heracles was to perform two additional ones.
For the Eleventh Labour he was to steal apples from the Garden of Hesperides. The orchard belonged to Hera, the Goddess of women and the sister and wife of Zeus.
In her orchard was a tree given to her by Gaia as a wedding gift when she accepted the hand of Zeus. On this tree grew highly prized golden apples able to grant immortality to those who consumed them.
Hera charged nymphs known as the Hesperides with the task of guarding the apples and the garden.
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