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There Is Nothing More American Than Apple Pie, Right?

12/27/2012 02:21 pm ET | Updated Feb 26, 2013

You may want to sit down for this; one of the commonly used phrases in America, "It's as American as apple pie," is actually false. It turns out that the most iconic pie in American culture and history is, in fact, not American at all. Before you throw your laptop across the room in disbelief, give me a chance to support my case.

It has become commonly accepted over time and through folklore that apple pie is as American as a dish can get, hence the phrase. However, when we examine the facts, you will see that there is no possible way it can be an American dish for one simple reason: Apples were NOT in America until the Europeans brought them here in the seventeenth century.

Though the United States is presently one of the world's largest apple producers, that hasn't always been the case. My apologies, for not only did I offend devoutly patriotic Americans, but I am also going to offend the devoutly religious when I regretfully inform you that apples have been around long before Adam and Eve, also. In fact, apples and apple consumption date back thousands of years in both Europe and Asia, where the tree likely originated.

The colonists brought apples to the "New World" and had more uses for them than Bubba did for shrimp in Forrest Gump. Apples were a breakfast staple for the colonists but in the form of cider and not pie. If we are to officially designate a pie that is solely American in origin it would likely be either blueberry or strawberry pie, since both are North American in origin.

For those of you who are still having a tough time swallowing this information, you can rest assured that, although apples and apple pie are not American, John Chapman, who is known to Americans as "Johnny Appleseed," was born, raised and then died in America. To quote Will Hunting (in a Boston accent): "How about dem apples?"