Sunday, April 6, 2014

Quick Chicken Salad

The apple, celebrated fruit at the beginning human history. Start with Adam and Eve or the anthropological data on Stone Age man in Europe, the apple was there. 

Greek and Roman mythology refer to apples as symbols of beauty and love. When the Romans conquered England about the first century B.C., they brought apple cultivation with them. William Tell gained fame by shooting an apple off his son's head at the order of invaders of Switzerland.

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!


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