Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Autumn Apple Lore

Give me juicy autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard

-Walt Whitman

Apple Lore Fills the Harvest Season

What would September’s harvest be without apples? Just look at the folklore and folk sayings that surrounds this amazing piece of fruit.

  • The projection in the neck formed by the thyroid cartilage was caused by a piece apple caught in Adam's throat.  
  • Don't upset the apple cart.
  • The apple of your eye is actually your pupil.
  • One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.As American as apple pie.

And here’s some information about Johnny Appleseed the American folk hero credited with planting apple trees wherever he went:

  • Born John Chapman (1774-1845) he was an itinerant bearded and bare-footed pioneer nurseryman.
  • He won the respect of settlers and Native Americans alike as he made his way from his native Massachusetts to the Pennsylvania/ Ohio/Indiana frontier, planting apple nurseries.
  • He traded apple seeds and seedlings for food, clothing and other essentials.
  • September 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day.

Did You Know This About Apples?

The apple tree is a member of the rose family. Wild apple trees, called crab apples, also grow in the U.S. 

Cultivated and prized in ancient Rome, the apple was brought to England by the conquering legions. The immigrant apple came to America with the early English settlers. It is now widely cultivated in all temperate region. 

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