Skip to comments.Was Johnny Appleseed for real?
Posted on 11/26/2017 8:46:53 AM PST by Kaslin
AN APPLE A DAY may or may not keep the doctor away, but it's a sentiment shared by just about everyone our Mo Rocca has been visiting:
At the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind., there's no such thing as a bad apple. There you can indulge in apple dumplings -- a skinless apple wrapped in dough, and deep-fried.
Rocca asked, "How healthy is this?
"Very healthy -- it's an apple!" he was told
Or partake of apple petals ("Better than apple dumplings!" enthused cutthroat vendor Logan Forbing), and sample some apple sausages.
Fort Wayne is where John Chapman -- better known as Johnny Appleseed -- died more than 170 years ago. Johnny is buried here -- at least, the locals like to think so. According to author Howard Means (who wrote a book about the real Johnny Appleseed), "It's very questionable it's in fact the grave of John Chapman."
Turns out there is much that's misunderstood about the man many of us came to know through the 1948 Walt Disney cartoon.
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Mo should do an Appleseed Shoot next.
Thatd be a hoot.
One heck of a fellow, they say.
An itinerant preacher, planting where he wandered IIRC.
JA was real. But his efforts were to promote the making of apple moonshine. He traveled and collect shine “taxes” for helping people get apple orchards going. “Whiskey” was the rural currency along with other farming products.
*Chapman was often noted for his threadbare clothes and preference for bare feet. But these eccentricities may have been offerings to his faith, the Church of Swedenborg (also known as The New Church), a Christian denomination established in 1787. The second part of his signature lookthat sack of apple seedswas most definitely accurate. Because the Church forbade its members harming God’s creation, Chapman became a vocal animal rights activist and vegetarian. He also refused to use grafting to create his orchards, believing that this growing technique physically hurt the source plants. So, he carried a large sack of seeds everywhere he traveled. However, his oft-depicted tin pot hat has not been authenticated.*
All is good .....
Yes, and he has a brother: DeQuan Spredmyseed who gots 35 kids wif 28 different women.
I think we should seed bomb forest areas with edible plants, so that if society ever decays or their is famine, there would be a ready source of food for harvesting.
Apples originated in China beginning possibly about two to ten million years ago.
Interesting subject, I grew up with this story. John Chapman’s first orchards were located near my home town in the Brokenstraw Valley in NW Pennsylvania. The wild descendants of those orchards have produced wild apples in the woods along the valley.
Yes. Moonshine/Hard Cider. In the absence of pure water, this was important for health. Also vinegar from apples as an important preservative before refrigeration.
He helped settlers have safe food to eat and drink. Johnny Appleseed was not really aiming at tasty pies. He performed a very valuable service. And he was a preacher.
Families normally drank apple cidet. The fermentation killed bacteria.
thanks, I'll check it out. I've got a somewhat poor DVD version of the 1946 Disney classic "Song of the South", which is of course de facto banned in the US. It's not racist IMHO, but is typical Disney drivel.
He was kind of a hippie.
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