by Paul Hutchings

Apples are awesome!

They are versatile; you can make virtually any dessert out of them. They are convenient, providing a snack for any time. They are healthy; what doctor or nutritionist would dispute the dietary fiber and vitamins they hold?

And history tells us apples are also nation builders; John Chapman established orchards in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, as well as parts of Ontario, Canada. These trees would provide the juice to make the hard cider enjoyed by two nations in their infancy. You may know Chapman better by his other name: Johnny Appleseed.

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