What does an apple symbolize in literature?

I read the story, "A Visit of Charity" by Eudora Welty for english class. At the end, the girl takes an apple that she had hidden behind a bush and takes a bite out of it. This is supposed to be a significant part of the story and symbolize something, but I am not sure what. Could it be something... show more I read the story, "A Visit of Charity" by Eudora Welty for english class. At the end, the girl takes an apple that she had hidden behind a bush and takes a bite out of it. This is supposed to be a significant part of the story and symbolize something, but I am not sure what. Could it be something biblical? If anyone has read this story or could help me, please answer.
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