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As American As Apple Pie?
Although apple pie wasn’t born in the U.S.A., it’s become an American icon. It most likely originated as an English dish. Apples weren’t native to the Americas, but European explorers and early colonists brought apple seeds with them. John Chapman, an industrious nurseryman known as Johnny Appleseed, is credited with introducing apples to large parts of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Apple pie may not have originated in the United States, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a dish that’s more American.

And while apple might be the king of the fruit pies, let’s not forget the other wonderful fruits Mother Nature has given us.


Kate Greenaway, “A Apple Pie,” 1886. Kate Greenaway used an early version of the rhyme to illustrate A Apple Pie which was first pubished in 1886. The rhyme of A Apple Pie is very ancient and reference is made to it as early as 1671 in one of the writings of John Eachard. An apple pie is at the center of this ancient alphabet rhyme, all the rhymes revolve around the pie. Kate Greenaway is known for her outstanding portrayal of women and girls in this era as strong and capable.

Where were the first pies made, how did they turn into the pies we know today and what about the word itself?
Read on... you might be surprised
at the answer!

The History of Pie
pielore_historyPie has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were made by early Romans who may have learned about it through the Greeks. These pies were sometimes made in 'reeds'... more

Thoughts on the Origin of the Word Pie
There's some doubt about the origins of pie, but the consensus is that it comes from Latin word pica, which meant a magpie. Linnaeus borrowed the word for the genus of these large, noisy birds and our... more

Fifteenth Century Cherry Pie Recipe
Take the fairest cherries you can get, and pick them clean from the leaves and stalks; spread out your coffin as for your pippin-tart and cover the bottom with sugar, then cover the sugar all over with cherries, then cover... more