Apples

European settlers brought along both grafts from apple trees and seeds from the fruit itself when they ventured to the New World. The grafts failed in the harsher climate, but the plantings thrived, because apple seeds contain genetic variables that allow them to adapt and flourish in all kinds of climates across the expanding United States. Within a century, American apple varieties were completely distinct from their transcontinental counterparts. And not only did they store sturdily in harsh weather conditions, without much effort, they were easily fermented into an alcoholic beverage that was seen by settlers as being a much more patriotic beverage than European wine. Cheers to freedom.

Get schooled on hard cider.

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