The Pilgrims discovered crabapples had preceded them to America, but the fruit was not edible. The Massachusetts Bay Colony requested seeds and cuttings from England, which were brought over on subsequent voyages to Boston. Other Europeans brought apple stock to Virginia and the Southwest, and John Chapman, became famous for planting trees throughout Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
In America, nearly every farm grew some apples. Some were good, most of the early varieties would be consider poor quality today. Of nearly 8000 varieties known around the world, about 100 varieties are grown commercial quantity in America.
Our modern orchards combine the rich heritage of apple growing with research and field trials to grow an annual U.S. crop exceeding 220,000,000 bushels. New varieties are still being discovered and cultivated, with the best eventually becoming household words like McIntosh, Delicious, Empire, Rome, Spartan, Cortland, Granny Smith, etc. Recent arrivals include Fuji, Braeburn, and Liberty.
Research Source: Vermont Apples
Your chicken salad lovers will rave about this Quick Chicken Salad.
Quick Chicken Salad
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1 (12.5 oz.) can chicken, drain (or 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken)
4 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 cup dices apple
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, until well blended.
Serve on bread or a lettuce leaf. Enjoy!