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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Legends of America

Apples, apples, apples.  They are everywhere right now.  When I go into the grocery store, I'm amazed at the different kinds of apples that are out right now.  There are jazz, golden delicious, Granny Smith, honey crisp and many more.  Then don't get me started on the yummy apple cider that is available to drink.  Oh and apple pie!  I'm getting hungry!

Who do have to thank for all these apples?  John Chapman, that's who.  Whose John Chapman you ask?  Well, you might know him better as that American Legend Johnny Appleseed.  Johnny was a folk hero and pioneer apple farmer who lived in the 1800s.  Although all the folktales tell of Johnny traveling the country planting trees where-ever he liked, he actually had a careful plan.  You see he selected the perfect planting spots for his apple tree nurseries by finding land in the Ohio valley that had fallen trees and logs surrounding it to use as a natural fence.  The lands were also near streams for a good water supply.  Johnny gave away trees to new settlers because it was more important to him that an apple tree was planted then for him to get paid for the tree.  His dream was to produce so many apples that no one ever went hungry.  What a spectacular dream!

Fall is a wonderful time to go apple picking in an orchard with your family.  Many are many orchards in the area that also have pumpkin patches, so you can spend the day picking apples and selecting a great pumpkin.  Apples are a good source of fiber and nutrients to help keep your body healthy.  There are many things you can make with apples too.  I came up with 15 different foods you can make with them, but I know there are a ton more.

1.  Apple butter
2.  Apple pie
3.  Apple cider donuts
4.  Apple sauce
5.  Apply jelly
6.  Friend apples
7.  Apple pancakes
8.  Taffy apples
9.  Baked Apples
10.  Apple juice or cider
11.  Apple crisp or cobbler
12.  Apple turnovers
13.  Apple strudle
14.  Apple cake
15.  Apple fritters

Thank you Johnny Appleseed for making sure apples became a big part of the American diet.  Remember - an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

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