Poisoned Apple
General Information

Baked into apple turnover


Enchanted Forest

Current Location

Storybrooke General Hospital
(remains of an apple turnover)

Physical Description

Cursed Apple


Bright red

Usage Information
Possessed by
Used by
Used on
Used for

Inflicting the Sleeping Curse

First mentioned


First appearance

"True North"

Latest appearance

"A Land Without Magic"

Latest mention



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This is not just an apple. It's a weapon.
      —The Evil Queen to Hansel and Gretel about the Poisoned Apple

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


Before First Curse

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")

During First Curse

Wishing to get rid of Emma, Regina contracts Jefferson to fetch the poisoned apple with his magic hat in exchange for forgetting his true identity. After baking the apple into a turnover, she gifts it to Emma, who has decided to leave town permanently. When Henry sees the apple turnover, he insists it is poisoned. To prove it, he takes a bite and falls under a Sleeping Curse. While Henry is in a coma, Emma and Regina attempt to find a cure. However, they are too late and he passes away. As Emma kisses his forehead as a final farewell, she revives him with the power of true love's kiss and also breaks the curse. ("An Apple Red as Blood", "A Land Without Magic")


On-screen Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.