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Apple lovers in America owe a lot to one scruffy, lean eccentric, Johnny_Appleseed.  Born on September 26th, 1774, he spent a great part of his adult life traversing the countryside in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois making starts for apple trees available to the local farmers of that region.  He was a pioneer nurseryman and conservationist who was well loved and gained near legendary status in his lifetime due to his kind and generous ways.  His love of the creatures of the forest and field approached that of St. Francis_of_Assisi.


Now, Johnny Appleseed and those eastern states may seem a long way in time and space from Sonoma county, California, but I would like to remind everyone that long before Sonoma county was renowned as the home of California’s premium wine industry, she was famed for her Gravenstein  apple industry.  Think not?  Then what about Gravenstein Highway, Apple Blossom Lane, and Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair.


Today unfortunately the apple has mostly stepped aside to make way for the noble grape, but non the less, there are fortunately still orchardists who cling doggedly to their old and gnarled trees.  In  the spring it’s a pleasure to breath in the sweet scent of the blossoms and in Autumn the air is heavy with the lush fragrance of the ripening scent and the thoughts of local residents turn to ways to use this bounty.


Apple & Acorn Squash Soup

Apple and Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Apple & Beet Salad

California Chicken & Apple Salad

Apple and Fennel Salad

Fried Apples 'n' Onions

Apple & Potato Pancakes

Rotkraut - (Cabbage & Apples) - Germany

Pork & Apple Curry - England

Sausage Stuffed Baked Apples

Bea's Apple Pie

Applesauce Custard Pie

Yealmpton Baked Apples

Old Fashion Baked Apples

Old Fashion Apple Brown Betty or Crisp

Farmhouse Apple Cobbler

Fresh Apple Upside-down Cake

Apple Salsa - (relish)

Jamaica Inn Chutney - Bodman Moor, Cornwall, England

Apple Jelly

Homemade Applesauce

Old Time Applebutter

Spiced Apples

Rustic Apple Pie

Benjamin Franklin's Baked Apple Dumplings

Pimms Cup

Apple Cinnamon Iced Tea





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