Apple pie: The all-American dessert we eat to celebrate Independence Day actually reveals our dependence on foods with far-flung origins. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption toggle caption Chelsea Beck/NPR The Salt As Chinese, Iranian and Indonesian As Apple Pie July 3, 2016 The flavorful fruits originated in Central Asia; the wheat, in the Mideast. The lard? Courtesy of the Spanish. Spices came via the Banda Islands. Put them all together for an all-American treat.