Almaty is a city famous for its apples. The name itself comes from “alma,” the Kazakh for apple. The best-known variety of apples in Almaty is the famous aport, which is hefty and red with a heady, honey-like aroma. For a while aports became less common as the city expanded at the expense of apple orchards, but recently they seem to be everywhere. Vendors at the bazaar set them out by the bucketful, often underlining their local origin.