November 13th National Indian Pudding Day

Native American’s have provided the world with numerous wonderful and help things. Not all have to be life saving and earth shattering to serve a good purpose. Indian Pudding is a great example of that! While it has bettered the position man has had in the world it has improved his attitude as e tried to achieve that new position. Made from Molasses and cornmeal, often flavored with apples or other suitable fruits and baked to delight, it is one of those things that satisfies your taste buds and puts you in a better mood to think about world peace.

How to celebrate – Learn to make Indian Pudding. Studies other Native American recipes. Include Indian Pudding in your Thanksgiving plans.

September 26th Johnny Appleseed Day

There are a few things about Johnny Appleseed we know to be true. His real name was John Chapman, he did plant apple trees all over the mid-eastern and mid-western states and that he was born September 25th, 1774. What is not known is exactly when he died, it is believed that it was sometime in 1845 and no one really knows his real reason for planting those apple trees. Some say it was a scheme to take land from farmers, some say he was trying to help farmers. It doesn’t really matter now. Enjoy Johnny Appleseed for your own reasons.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Johnny Appleseed. Have an apple. Learn about all the types of apples grown today.

March 11th Johnny Appleseed Day

Today we celebrate the life, and perhaps myth, of John Chapman who was born in 1774, and spread apple seeds across the Untied States growing an entire industry. Or at least supposedly. There are rumors that he wasn’t the generous humanitarian that many believe him to be. In fact, he may have found a ploy to take people’s property away from them. But, it’s always better to remember the legends of the people rather than what they really may have done. So here’s to Johnny Appleseed!

How to celebrate – Have an apple. Plant an apple tree. Visit an apple orchard.

December 1st Eat A Red Apple Day

For years and years we have been told “eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away”. While for most of us that may be true, to my surprise I have recently found out there are people who are allergic to apples! Still, it is a healthy food to eat and I suppose, the red ones are the best. Naturally there are yellow apples and green apples and probably even blue apples somewhere but the red ones catch our eye first. Or at least they caught Eve’s eye first when she gave it to Adam and well…. we won’t go there. Make an apple a part of every day, breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a snack… it’s good for you!

How to celebrate – Have a red apple. Grow an apple tree in your backyard. Read about Johnny Appleseed.

September 26th Johnny Appleseed Day

John Chapman was born September 26th, 1774. He began building a network of apple orchards in New York and Pennsylvania, eventually moving west to Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Some say he was a champion of man, very religious and a friend to every animal he met. Others say he built a network of orchards that he came back and claimed later taking land away from farmers he had helped to plant orchards. There is probably some element of truth to both legends but either way, he was responsible for an apple boom in America in the early 1800’s that is well remembered over 200 years later.

How to celebrate – Have an apple. Read about Johnny Appleseed. Wear a frying pan for a hat.

September 26th Johnny Appleseed Day

John Chapman, alias Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26th, 1774. He was reported to be a very religious man who loved animals and set out from New York to help plant apple orchards all across America. Records reveal he probably didn’t make it past Ohio back then, but that was all across the America he knew of. Other reports say he was not a very nice man, who helped plant these orchards and then later came back to claim them as his own costing the actual owners thousands of dollars. I have no idea which is true but it doesn’t really matter, today is his birthday and either way he has become a legend in our folklore.

How to celebrate – Have an apple in honor of John Chapman. Visit an apple orchard. Make an apple pie!

September 26th Johnny Appleseed Day

Well, we all know about apples. All the varieties, sizes and uses of them. I guess Adam and Eve got us kicked off but no one is better known for their apple adventures than Johnny Appleseed!

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Now Johnny Appleseed was a real character, not a made up comic book one. His real name was John Chapman and he was born on September 26th, 1774. His legend was not as big as the Lone Ranger or the Incredible Hulk but at least he was real. In his lifetime he spread the planting of apple tress across America starting an industry that continues to grow today.

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Now a little of what he did may be somewhat shady. Apparently he planted the trees for free but later came back to claim them after they had grown. Since the owners could not possibly return his trees, he ended up acquiring their land. I am not sure any of that is true, there are always haters out there, but it does sort of make you wonder.

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And there are those who celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day on March 11th, the day it is believed he died in 1845. I guess it sort of depends on whether you see John Chapman as a good guy or a bad guy, If you like him, you probably celebrate his birthday today, September 26th. If you are not too fond of what he did, then maybe you celebrate March 11th.

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Either way, Johnny Appleseed will long be remembered. He did start something, good or bad, letting us enjoy apples every day if we want.

How to celebrate – Have an apple today. Read more about John Chapman. Plant your own apple tree.

December 1st National Eat a Red Apple Day

Eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away! In this case, eat a red apple though. It’s healthy, taste good and it’s fun to eat! Now there is nothing wrong with other colored apples but you can wait for their day to come along.

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The science of growing apples is called “pomology”. Now that you know that you can move on with your day. As a pomologist for the day you will need to test your hypothesis. Maybe several times because one test is never conclusive!

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Of course, if your name is Snow White you might want to pick that apple for yourself instead of letting someone give it to you. You may be waiting a while for a Prince to come along and save you and with Christmas as close as it is it would be a shame to miss it.

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And if your name happens to be Adam or Eve you might want to try the peaches or plums. However, if you will note in the drawing above, those apples are not red! Maybe the painting was created on Eat a Red Apple Day and the artist did not want to upset the creators, which apparently no one knows who they are.

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Anyway, have an apple today. Make sure it is red and enjoy it.

How to celebrate – Eat a red apple! Make some apple sauce! Explore the stories of Adam and Eve and Snow White.

September 26th National Johnny Appleseed Day

No one loved apples more than John Chapman. He loved them so much that he spread them all across America in hopes that he could share them with everyone, well, so the legend goes… and it may be true, or it may not be.

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Legend says that Johnny Appleseed went into communities trying to teach the value of the apple and planting groves in areas to get them started. He was also noted for giving donations to that community to help with causes dear to his heart. Born on September 26th, 1774 a great deal of this may be true.

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On the flip side, some were not as impressed. It seems he would show up and plant his seeds and then move on, leaving the hard work of tending to the trees to those who really didn’t need the extra work. Apparently he also would come back a few years later and try to claim the land he had planted the trees on. It’s hard to know which of the stories is actually true.

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He was a humble man, very religious and did travel at least through New York and Pennsylvania. From there on, anything could be true, or not. It is believed he died of the “Winter Plague” on March 11th, 1845 but no one is sure. He did exist, and many places that now grow apples would never have seen them if not for him, no matter what the motives might have been.

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How to celebrate – Have an apple today in honor of Johnny Appleseed. Discover new and different ways to use the apple. Plant your own apple tree.

December 1st National Eat A Red Apple Day

Well, if you like apples, red apples, you are in luck today. Or if you happen to be Snow White maybe you’ll want to avoid them. Among the more popular varieties are the Red Delicious, the Gala, Fuji, Honey Crisp and Cripps Pink (Which is actually red anyway.)

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In fact, there are over 7,500 varieties of apples, not all of which are red. About 7.5% of the world crop is grown here in the US. Most are grown in China. October is the official apple month so any you bite into in December you might want to check for freshness.

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The red apple is probably the most beloved apple in history. It was chosen by William Tell to shoot off his sons head and by Johnny Appleseed to begin his apple orchard dynasty. It is the most often used for apple juice and in pies and turn overs. Unfortunately, the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t true but it can’t hurt either!

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If nothing else, they are beautiful to put in a bowl and admire but this isn’t, “Put a red apple in a bowl and admire it day”, it’s “Eat A Red Apple Day”!

How to celebrate – Have an apple! But make sure it’s red. Make an apple pie. Start your own apple orchard in your backyard!