Apples have a cherished place in American values. From Johnny Appleseed to apple pie, the United States wouldn't seem the same if apples had not appeared on the plates and in the cups of our forebears.
Patty Power, co-owner of Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Burkittsville, said
American pioneers didn't grow apples for food.
"Originally, apples were grown to drink. They weren't grown with the
expectation of just eating them," Power said. "When they kept the cider
long enough, it would turn, and they would drink hard cider."