As Un-American as Apple Pie

Image By Rebecca Angel

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.

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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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Rebecca Angel

Rebecca Angel was one of those kids that put the dragon book on top of her pile in the hopes that someone would say, "Hey, I'm into that stuff too!" Alas, she had to wait until she was an adult to find fellow geeks. Luckily, she married one and their kids are too. A music teacher by day, Rebecca is also a lover of tea, science literacy, funky tights, RPGs, anime, manga, comics, fantasy books and movies.

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