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The Poisoned Apple
General Information
Status: Baked into apple turnover
Origin: Enchanted Forest
Current Location: Storybrooke General Hospital
(remains of an apple turnover)
Physical Description
Type: Cursed Apple
Color: Bright red
Usage Information
Used by:
Used on:
Used for: Inflicting the Sleeping Curse
Show Information
First mention: "Pilot"
First appearance: "True North"
Latest appearance: "A Land Without Magic"
Latest mention: "The Cricket Game"
Relevant Pages

This is not just an apple. It's a weapon.

—The Evil Queen to Hansel and Gretel about the Poisoned Apple src

The Poisoned Apple is a magical item featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the ninth episode of the first season.


Maleficent creates the sleeping curse to use on her enemy Sleeping Beauty, and Regina obtains the Dark Curse from Rumplestiltskin; and sometime after the two trade their respective curses. ("The Thing You Love Most")

The apple has the sleeping curse placed upon it so that if someone willingly bites into it, they will fall into a deep sleep while their body is their tomb and they are tormented by their regrets, all the while appearing to be dead. However, the Evil Queen is unaware that, as with all curses, it can be broken by true love's kiss.

At some point, the apple comes into the possession of the Blind Witch and the Evil Queen sends Hansel and Gretel to retrieve it in exchange for the whereabouts of their father, the Woodcutter. ("True North")

The Evil Queen later offers the cursed apple to Snow White, who willingly bites into it, fully aware of the consequences in order to save the life of her true love, Prince Charming. Moments after Snow White bites the apple, she collapses and drops the apple. As it rolls away, it falls into a portal Jefferson has created in present day Storybrooke. Prince Charming breaks the sleeping curse and awakens Snow White from her slumber. ("An Apple Red as Blood", "Pilot", "A Land Without Magic")

Regina Mills contracts Jefferson to fetch the apple with his hat in exchange for forgetting his true identity. After retrieving the apple, the apple is made into an apple turnover by Regina Mills who offers it to Emma, who accepts it unaware of the turnover's magical powers. Henry eats the turnover to prove to Emma there really is a curse hanging over Storybrooke. Once again, the sleeping curse is broken by true love's kiss—in this case Emma's maternal love for Henry. It is currently unknown what happens to the remains of the turnover after Emma takes it to the hospital believing it to be the cause of Henry's condition. ("An Apple Red as Blood", "A Land Without Magic")



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