Tuesday, 20 August 2013


The Apple

According to Wikipedia the apple is “the most widely known of the members of the genus Malus that are used by humans” So what in the world is “Malus” well that appears to be a fancy name for all things apple, from wild apples to crabapples, and all the variety of apples we find in our stores.

The really interesting thing is that the apple is a member of the Rosaceae family: the rose family.  Other members of this family are pears, quince, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, almonds and of course roses, rowans and hawthorns.  So the next time you eat an apple remember that a Rosaceae by any other name is still a Rosaceae. Sorry for the poor attempt at humour.

As children many of us were taught the Johnny Appleseed story, and we learned to sing the Johnny Appleseed grace at the table.  Today I asked Emily and Ruth if they knew the story of Johnny Appleseed and they didn't.  So we took the time to sing the song and read the story.  Both girls enjoyed the story and wondered if Johnny Appleseed came to Ontario because of the wild apple trees.

Take some time with your children and/or Grandchildren and tell them the Johnny Appleseed story and teach them to sing that wonder children’s grace.
The Story of Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed spent 49 years of his life in the American wilderness planting apple seeds.  Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman.  He was born September 26, 1774 in Massachusetts.  He created apple orchards in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  After 200 years, some of those trees still bear apples.

Johnny Appleseed's dream was for a land where blossoming apple trees were everywhere and no one was hungry.  A gentle and kind man, he slept outdoors and walked barefoot around the country planting apple seeds everywhere he went.  It is even told that he made his drinking water from snow by melting it with his feet.

Johnny was a friend to everyone he met.  Indians and settlers -- even the animals -- liked Johnny Appleseed.  His clothes were made from sacks and his hat was a tin pot.  He also used his hat for cooking.  His favourite book was the Bible.

There are many tales about Johnny Appleseed.  It is said that once Johnny fell asleep and a rattlesnake tried to bite him, but the fangs would not go into his foot because his skin was as tough as an elephant's hide.  Another tale describes him playing with a bear family. 

Johnny Appleseed died in 1845.  It was the only time he had been sick -- in over 70 years. 

This story is from the website applejuice.org a fun site to visit with your children.

Today Emily, Ruth and Grandpa went out to Floyd & Norma Cressman’s farm where they picked through the tree fall apples, and visited the pigs.

 Oh the Lord is good to me 
 and so I thank the Lord, 
For giving me 
the things I need 
the Sun and the Rain and the Apple Seed; 
the Lord is good to Me.  
Johnny Appleseed Amen

Grandma Snyder

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