Johnny Appleseed – The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Most of us know Johnny Appleseed as the American pioneer who planted apple tree seeds all over what is now considered the northeast United States, spreading good humor, environmental awareness, and the word of God as he went. Sometime over the past 300 years, some of the facts have gotten lost and since today is officially “Johnny Appleseed Day,” we’re here to dig them up once again.
Here are 7 quick facts (and the fictions they uncover) about the man, the myth, the legend . . . Johnny Appleseed.
2. Johnny Chapman planted so many apple trees because by law “developing land” (via plantation of 50 apple trees) allowed him to own it.
3. The apples Johnny Chapman planted were primarily used to make hard apple cider – aka a yummy alcoholic beverage.
4. Johnny Chapman was a virgin! Despite appearing like a man of the world what with his travels and adult beverage trade, Johnny Chapman was a devout follower of the New Church and never married, or had sex (we think).
5. Johnny Chapman WAS an animal rights activist and passionate about the environment.
6. Prohibition had a violently negative impact on Johnny’s life’s work. Orchards were torn down to prevent the production of alcoholic cider.
7. He did walk around barefoot with a sack of apples. We’re glad this one is true! Due to his faith, he was prohibited from eating meat so ya know, an apple a day!
Check out this detailed and fascinating article from Mental Floss to get to the core of our sweetly revered, often misinterpreted, American joy – Johnny Appleseed!
Interested in following in Johnny’s shoes (or lack thereof)? Our friends at Nature Hills Nursery carry a wide variety of apple trees – everything from Gala to Pink Lady to Ginger Gold – take your pick!
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