As Un-American as Apple Pie

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Thanksgiving in America is all about the food, I mean the grateful hearts of family and friends piling the food on our plates, lots and lots of food. Let’s take a moment and reflect upon one of the quintessential desserts of Thanksgiving: apple pie. And now, as the history nerd I am, let me dissect it for you as the most non-native grown combination of ingredients.

All good pie starts with a crust: flour, shortening, sugar, and salt.

And now the filling: apples, sugar, lemon juice, shortening, flour, salt, and cinnamon.

To sum up, salt. That’s the only native ingredient in apple pie; the rest are all transplants and imports. Come to think of it, perhaps that makes apple pie a truly American dish. Happy Thanksgiving!

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