Sweet Facts about Apple Pie
Here is the dish on the dessert which origins go back to 6500 B.C.
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
May 13, 2021
National Apple Pie Day is May 13. To celebrate the (now) American classic, here’s some dish on the dessert and its fruit filling.
According to archaeological findings, people have been biting into apples since at least 6500 B.C.
The first recorded recipe for apple pie was written in England in 1381.
Early versions of English apple pies were typically sweetened with fruits like figs because sugar was very expensive.
Apples were introduced to North America by colonists in the 17th century.
The first apple orchard in North America was planted in Boston by Reverend William Blaxton in 1625.
John Chapman came to be known as “Johnny Appleseed” because he planted more than 100,000 square miles of apple orchards across the western frontier in such states as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois throughout the early 1800s.
Granny Smith apples are one of the best go-to apples for baking. They were reportedly “developed” by British-Australian orchardist, Maria Ann (“Granny”) Smith in the late 1800s after discovering a chance seedling growing on her property that she believed had sprouted from a pile of crab apples she had discarded.
In Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men, one of the first dishes that Jo teaches her niece Daisy to cook is apple pie.
Apple pie was popularized with American patriotism in the 1940s during World War II. When journalists at the time asked U.S. soldiers why they were willing to fight in the war, their typical response was, “for mom and apple pie!”
Apple pie was the first dessert added to the McDonald’s menu.
Apples are one of the most valuable fruit crops in the United States today. In fact, they’re the #1 most consumed fruit in the country.
Apples are grown commercially in 32 states with Washington state taking the top spot as the largest producer of apples in the nation.
Apple pie is the official state pie of Vermont. They’re so serious about their pie that legislation specifies that when serving it throughout the Green Mountain State, a “good faith effort” shall be made to accompany it with one or more of the following: a glass of cold milk, at least ½ ounce slice of cheddar cheese, and/or with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream aka à la mode. But for most of us, the apple pie of our eyes is simply served à la mode. Sweet!