U.S. Culture (week 25): Apple Pie

HTP is committed to maintaining a strong cultural component of it J-1 Program and regularly publishes topics related to U.S. culture. This week, HTP Program Manager Kira Udo talks about apple pie, something as American as…

There is nothing like a homemade apple pie; it is one of my most favorite desserts in the world! Apple pie reminds me of home. And let’s not forget the scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Yummy!

Unfortunately, we Americans can not claim sole ownership of the apple pie. The apple tree wasn’t even in American when the colonists arrived here. But… we have perfected our version, we have made it our own, and we have declared it a staple of American history.

So how is apple pie related to American Culture?

Well, Wiki says in the 18th Century early English colonist had to wait to receive apple trees to be planted and harvested before they could even begin to make things, such as apple pies. However, once the apples were ripe and ready to be harvested the “American” apple pie was born. Recipes for apple pie vary widely. You can find an 18th Century recipe and a 21st Century recipe here.










Betty Crocker, an American cultural icon in the food industry, has a simple and wonderful recipe found here. (This is the one I usually try and make!)

If you put American Apple Pie into Google, you will come up with hundreds of websites with all kind of information. There is one person’s list of historical “facts” about apple pie, images of different pies, recipes, and even YouTube video’s on how to make them.


So who has the best recipe for apple pie? I’d love to try yours!

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