25 Sep '11, 8pm
Amazing Apple Cake For Johnny Appleseed
My childhood image of Johnny Appleseed is of a somewhat daft oddball who traipsed through the forests planting apple seeds. And although that image is a bit off (and only a bit) I still love him as much as I always did. Born John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed was a professional nurseryman of the North American frontier who helped prepare the way for 19th-century pioneers by supplying apple tree nursery stock throughout the Middle West. He sold or gave away thousands of seedlings to pioneers. And as Michael Pollan points out in The Botany of Desire , Chapman wasn’t planting apples for for the hungry tummies of pioneer children, but rather for pressing into cider. I’ll drink to that!