Apple Pies are Not American

According to the American Pie Council, approximately $700 million in pies, or 186 million units of apple pie, is sold in grocery stores every year. That’s a lot of pie! In addition, if you lined up the number of pies sold at U.S. grocery stores in one year, they would circle the globe and then some. Many suppliers sell thousands of units in bulk to grocery stores to fill the need. God bless this country.

Although apple pie is an iconic American dish, this delicious dessert is not American, and neither are the apples. Apples originated in Asia. The Europeans brought their apple cuttings and seeds when traveling to the New World. Apple trees became a part of the colonist lifestyle because owners had to “improve” the land, or the land would be confiscated as a stipulation for owning land. Planting apple trees and setting up small orchard suppliers was the quickest way to secure the land they traveled far for. Eventually, this method of improving their land resulted in apples becoming a commodity in the colonist market. The fruit market grew just as colonization did, and the need for suppliers to provide bulk seedlings became apparent. One nurseryman and entrepreneur stepped in to fill the need, John Chapman. Also known as Johnny Appleseed. Although he didn’t roam the country barefoot, planting seedlings in bulk across the country, he did obtain land in bulk for orchards to provide the growing market with enough seedlings and soon became one of the fruit suppliers. It’s similar but not as cute of a story as the one in our children’s books.

Now that we know how the fruit came to America, let’s focus on the popular holiday dessert, apple pie, and how it became the icon in the U.S. today. The pie was not manufactured in bulk, as they are now. The first recorded apple pie recipe called for figs, raisins, pears, and even saffron. Most of which could not be obtained within American borders at the time. The written recipe was from England in the year 1381. No confirmed date has arisen for the first American apple pie, but the first two recipes appeared in the first American cookbook, American Cookery by Amelia Simmons, published in 1796. The dessert survived through the 19th century and the Civil War. No. I’m talking about Marvel. In 1902, a New York Times article argued the national importance of the dessert by stressing that the dessert had become the American equivalent for prosperity. In the 20th century, the dish became an icon of American desserts, and soon suppliers would begin selling units in bulk. Suppliers, such as grocery stores, were filled with various types of pies, and it became much easier for Americans to obtain the tasty dessert. The dish now represents patriotism and is served on Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and various holidays throughout the year.

For this holiday season, put a smile on your family’s face by bringing high-rated, sought-out Rocky Mountain Pies to the holiday party. Rocky Mountain Pies’ suppliers sell large amounts of units to stores across the country. These pies are purchased in bulk and found at your closest grocery store. Families will drive hundreds of miles for these tasty treats. With over 600 pies to choose from, Rocky Mountain Pies guarantees to bring joy this holiday season. If your store doesn’t provide our brand, ask them to buy their next batch in bulk from Rocky Mountain Pies suppliers at or call 801-515-3420.

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