The Golden Deathapple is a fearsome fruit that is highly deceptive to those who do not know its true nature. Before it fruits, the tree that it comes from looks like that of a normal apple tree, although somebody who checks the base of the tree carefully enough may discover a few animal bones, or, very occasionally, a few human ones. The apples that sprout from the tree are a brilliant gold in colour and shine in the sunlight. If they are not eaten, they are harmless, and can be touched and picked safely.
When eaten, not only do they taste sweet, but also they have a healing effect. The apple can counteract many other poisons, even when the affected person is seriously ill. However, if a qualified doctor or healer does not properly prepare the apple then the person is seeping out of the proverbial frying pan and into the fire.
Within a matter of hours the person or animal who ate the apple will come down with a stomach ache that grows worse and worse until he or she can hardly move, and the stomach starts to swell as the apple starts to grow inside the stomach. Whilst technically it might be possible to cut the stomach open to remove the fast-growing tree that has sprouted in there, first every bit of the tree must be removed from the stomach or it will regrow, and second the consequences of the operation itself are likely to be deadly.
Powerful magic and certain healing potions can also kill the growing Deathapple tree if taken early enough, but once its roots and shoot break through the skin and anchor the victim to the ground, then death is certain.
If properly prepared and distilled by someone who knows what to do, the juice from Deathapples can be purged of its deadly taint and turned into a very effective healing potion, but in its raw state both the apples and the juice should be left well alone.