Grab a fork - it's Apple Pie Day! Talk about a holiday you can sink your teeth into!
Apple pie has been around since the Middle Ages. A Dutch cookbook dated 1514 lists a recipe for Appeltaerten. It called for a standard pie crust, slices of soft seedless apples, and a few tasty spices—specifically cardamom,
ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, mace, and sugar—all cooked up in a traditional Dutch oven.
The English also had their version of apple pie, which dates back to the time of Chaucer.
In Sweden, apple crumble was the gold-standard.
In France, apple pie is served upside-down as a tarte tatin.
In the 17th century, apple pie was finally brought to the American colonies. Over time, apple trees (which were not native to the Americas) began to grow, which made baking much easier. Now, apple pie has become an indelible part of the American identity,
to the extent that apple pie is considered one of the most American things in the world.
While it is true that apple pie was not originally invented in America, it has become so much a part of the national identity that you can’t help but feel a little more American with every bite. The various influences of apple pie represent cultural collaboration
and innovation, which equates to American ideals at their very finest.
Our suggestion? Celebrate all weekend!
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