National Johnny Appleseed Day – March 11 and September 26 – Apple Recipes

March 11 is National Johnny Appleseed Day.  The legend follows a true life character with a love of apple trees. The national day for him is also celebrated on September 26, the day of his birth.Apple Orchard

More people celebrate the day in September than in March, and this seems to make sense because of fall apple picking (and because it was his birthday.) The March date for celebration seems to make sense because of the planting season for apple trees.

History of Johnny Appleseed

John Chapman, a pioneer nurseryman born in 1774, introduced apple trees to many parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as Ontario. This man is better know as Johnny Appleseed.

There is little known about his early life, but he was working as a nurseryman and orchardist by 1812. Legend has it that Appleseed randomly planted apple trees as he moved west.  

This story is not actually true, but he did plant orchards that he would take care of when he re-visited them later. Once the orchards developed, he sold them.

This hero of American Folklore picked up his nickname and the legend that followed him after his death. You can still visit one of his trees, which is 176 years old in Nova, Ohio.  The tree grows tart apples, which are now used for applesauce.

There is a 15 foot tall statue of Johnny Appleseed in Bedford, Virginia. It’s located on a 200 plus acre fam with over 7000 apple trees.

Johnny Appleseed Statue

It is not only apple farms who have chosen to celebrate his life.  The United States post office also got in on the game.Johnny Appleseed stamp - 1965

A 5c stamp commemorating Johnny Appleseed was issued in 1965 by the US Post Office. The stamp is still valid for postage today, but you’ll need a few of them to mail a letter!

More National Days in March

Just like every month, there are many national days in March based around food. Check out some of these days to celebrate as well.

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How to celebrate National Johnny Appleseed dayapples

If you wish to celebrate this national day, why not do one of these ideas?

  • Use the hashtag “nationaljohnnyappleseedday on social media to spread the word.
  • Plant an apple tree in your back yard.
  • Read the rhyming story of Johnny Appleseed to your children to introduce them to the legend.
  • Have a movie night and watch the Johnny Appleseed DVD.
  • And of course eat some apples!

Apple Recipes to celebrate National Johnny Appleseed Day

One of the best ways to celebrate any food national day is to make a new recipe.  Check out these apple recipes for some tasty ideas.These Tasty Apple recipes will end or start your meals with a delicious taste

Apple Recipes for National Johnny Appleseed Day - March 11

These apple recipes are the perfect way to celebrate National Johnny Appleseed Day. Why not make one to honor this true-life figure who spread apple trees across the Midwest?

Healthy Apple Coconut Breakfast Bowl – (Paleo – Vegan – Gluten Free) – Easy Breakfast Recipe
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Healthy Apple Coconut Breakfast Bowl – (Paleo – Vegan – Gluten Free) – Easy Breakfast Recipe

Apples, nut butter and coconut combine to make this healthy morning breakfast bowl that will start your day off on the right foot.

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Sour Cream Apple Pie
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Sour Cream Apple Pie

The creamy filling and crunchy topping are just amazing together. The topping has cinnamon and pecans in it while the filling holds the apples and sour cream.

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Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices – Warm Cinnamon Apples
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Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices – Warm Cinnamon Apples

These warm cinnamon baked apples are the perfect side dish for pork. They also make a tasty and healthy snack or dessert.

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Caramel Apple Bars – Sweet Apple Oatmeal Bar with Caramel Topping
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Caramel Apple Bars – Sweet Apple Oatmeal Bar with Caramel Topping

Do you like the taste of caramel apples in the fall? Get those flavors with these sweet apple oatmeal bars with a decadent caramel drizzle.

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Irresistible Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cake
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Irresistible Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cake

Gooey caramel and fresh apple flavors combine into this easy to make gluten free caramel apple cake!

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Hasselback Baked Apples – Tasty Gluten Free Sliced Apples Recipe
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Hasselback Baked Apples – Tasty Gluten Free Sliced Apples Recipe

Turn the recipe for hasselback potatoes into a dessert idea with these warm, partly sliced apples with a delicious buttery brown sugar topping. So yummy!

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Caramel Apple Martini
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Caramel Apple Martini

Caramel apples get a boozy twist with this fun martini recipe. It's simple to make and so, so tasty!

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Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative
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Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative

If you like the taste of apple crumble pie but only need a dessert for two, try these individual apple crumble baked apples. They are a healthier alternative to the traditional family favorite.

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Snicker Apple Salad
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Snicker Apple Salad

Snicker Apple Salad is a delicious dessert salad with only 4 ingredients – chopped apples, candy bars, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup.

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There are close to 2000 National days each year with over 150 National Days in March. Be sure to check back often to see which National Days we are celebrating today.

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