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Johnny Appleseed: The man behind the legend

Johnny Appleseed — does the name ring a bell? Today would be his 237th birthday. Keep reading for a quick refresher on Johnny Appleseed, as well as a few delicious apple recipes, shared in honor of the occasion.


Long before the apple was a glowing symbol on a laptop lid, a man named John Chapman made apples his business. Chapman was born on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts. He was given the name Johnny Appleseed because he loved to grow apple trees.

Johnny Appleseed was known for supplying apple seeds to pioneers in the Midwest. He sold tress, but he also gave them away. The stories say that he introduced apple trees to states such as Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Johnny Appleseed passed away in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1845, but his legend lives on over 160 years later. Enjoy these apple recipes in honor of Johnny Appleseed!

Sausage braised in beer and apples


  • 3 bottles lager-style beer
  • 2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 Italian sausages

>> Keep reading for the cooking directions

Apple stuffed pork chops


  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 Granny Smith or Fuji apple, cored and diced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 slice of bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

>> Keep reading for the cooking directions

Cinnamon Candy apples


  • 12 apples
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon flavored red hot candies
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup ground cinnamon

>> Keep reading for cooking directions

Tell us: Do you have a favorite recipe to share in honor of Johnny Appleseed?

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