Johnny Appleseed Day!

Happy Hump Day Fellow Breeders!

There’s a story from the early days of America, about a near-mythical figure that traveled the American wilds spreading apple seeds everywhere he went. He was known and lauded for his kind, generous ways, and the importance he placed on the apples. To this day he is depicted in stories and song as the man who made apples an American institution and is one of the most beloved characters in its mythology and history.

What many people don’t know is that Johnny Appleseed was no mere legend, but was, in fact, an American pioneer known by the name of John Chapman. Born in Leominster, Massachusetts on September 26th, 1774, he was a missionary, a nurseryman and is considered by many to be one of the first American conservationists.

Legend states that Johnny Appleseed randomly planted apple trees as he ventured west. That isn’t exactly true, however. Mr. Chapman didn’t plant trees randomly. Instead, as he travelled throughout Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, and the lands that would become West Virginia, he planted orchards. He would fence them in and leave them in the care of a neighbor who would then sell shares in the trees, and then come back every year or two to tend them.

Celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day is best done by indulging yourself in the delicious fruit that he helped to spread across the United States. You might even consider starting an apple project with these some of these beautiful Amaretto apple traits!

Find even more project ideas by searching the Amaretto wiki pages!

Till next time…HAPPY BREEDING! 🍎


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