As American as Apple Pie: Apple Pie Chai
May 26, 2022
Baseball games, rock and roll, pickup trucks, blue jeans — there are many icons of American
heritage, but few are as longstanding or as beloved as apple pie. The phrase “as American as
apple pie” dates back to World War II, but the dessert has an even longer history as a symbol of
Keep reading to discover the history of apples and apple pie in America, why we say “as
American as apple pie” and The Republic of Tea’s delicious take on this classic pastry.
Celebrate Our Home with Apple Pie Chai
Nothing invokes the feeling of comfort quite like the aroma of a freshly baked apple pie cooling
on the counter. From Thanksgiving dinner to patriotic celebrations like Memorial Day and the
Fourth of July, apple pie has long been a staple of American holidays.
With notes of baked apples and warming spices — including cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and
clove — Apple Pie Chai captures this feeling of nostalgia and celebration. Naturally free of
caffeine, sugar and calories, Apple Pie Chai makes every day of the year feel like a celebratory
The History of Apples in America
Most Americans have heard the phrase “as American as apple pie,” yet few know the true
origins of this common expression. Apple pie is a longstanding symbol of American patriotism,
but the history of apples in America is even older.
Interestingly, apples are native to Europe and Asia — but not to the Americas. The early
colonists of Jamestown and Plymouth transported apple seeds and tree cuttings on ships when
they sailed across the Atlantic in the early 1600s.
The first apples planted and harvested on American soil were primarily used to make cider,
which was less labor–intensive than producing beer. By the late 1600s, apples had become a
popular crop on farms throughout the colonies, especially in Massachusetts, Virginia and North
Planting and maintaining apple orchards was a common way for settlers to preserve their land
claims and prove that their homesteads were permanent settlements.
As America expanded west, an enterprising man named John Chapman — better known as
Johnny Appleseed — began planting apple nurseries just ahead of incoming frontiersmen in
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. When settlers arrived to the areas Johnny had visited,
he sold them his apple nurseries so they could stake their claims on the land.
While many of the facts of Johnny Appleseed’s life have merged with myth and folklore, in truth
he did much to shape the apple’s status as an all–American fruit. By the 1800s, American
farmers were growing 14,000 different varieties of apples.
While the earliest apple varieties were more suited to making cider than dessert, some of these
later varieties were much sweeter in flavor — and some ended up in pies, especially as sugar
and butter became more readily available.
America’s first cookbook, American Cookery by Amelia Simmons, was published in 1796. It
contained not one, but two recipes for apple pie. The dessert went on to become the pastry of
choice among both Confederate and Union soldiers during the American Civil War era, as it was
affordable and easy to prepare.
In 1902, a New York Times editorial proclaimed that “Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie–eating
people can ever be permanently vanquished.” When World War II began in 1939, American
soldiers began telling journalists that they were fighting “for mom and apple pie,” which
eventually gave rise to the phrase “as American as apple pie.”
Thus, more than three centuries after the first apple seeds were brought to America, apple pie
had officially cemented its status as a symbol of national pride and prosperity.
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply savoring the day, steep a Cup of
Pride and Prosperity with Apple Pie Chai.