By Liz Neville ‘15
March 11th is one of the most beloved days of the entire year, National Johnny Appleseed Day! Midwesterners especially Ohioans have Johnny to thank for the bountiful supply of apples in our land. John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on September 26th, 1774. John became an apprentice to an orchardist which sparked his interest in apples. He traveled the frontier, where he dispersed his apple seeds and would come back to them while they were growing to take care of them. John Chapman was said to have died on March 11th, which is why he is celebrated on this day.
Today is the day where elementary students rejoice because days are filled with activities and an overindulgence in apples and applesauce. Without the school system putting this legend into our minds, we may not have been familiar with this day’s significance and what is really means. I think it is safe to say that today might be the healthiest holidays we have, maybe we should have a day for all fruits and vegetables. Imagine a class of first graders celebrating a carrot or maybe even a broccoli legend.
So stock up on your apples and indulge in one of the most nutritious foods we have. In case you needs some ideas on what to make or how to incorporate apples into your meal:
Apple Pie Filling:
6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice