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July Trivia: Where Did Florida’s Seminole Indians Like to Eat Potatoes?

Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 3:05PM

Where did some of our state’s earliest inhabitants like to eat their potatoes? It may seem like an odd question… but if names are to tell us anything, then that place would be our very own city of Apopka!

Apopka comes from the Seminole words for potato (Aha) and eating place (papka), showing us the surprising linguistic significance behind the town we’ve come to know and love. Of course, while Apopka may have its roots in potato consumption, we know it to be something else entirely today: The Indoor Foliage Capital of the World! Apopka earned this nickname, which you can spot on the city’s seal, thanks to its multitude of local greenhouses and nurseries.

While the story behind Apopka’s name may be surprising, it just goes to show how interesting (and, at times, completely unexpected) local history can be!


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