Search for an “extinct” apple

On a crisp December afternoon, as the sun slowly fell behind the nearby Sawatch Range, Addie and Jude Schuenemeyer stared at a nearly dead tree, a few apples dangling off its last living branch.

“In that moment, I felt hope,” recalls Addie.

But was this moment when the sun finally set on their nearly 20-year hunt for something many long believed was extinct?…

“We’ve documented over 400 varieties of apples historically grown in Colorado, 50% are now considered lost,” says Addie. “The Colorado Orange was one of these.”…

But, they never gave up. This is what they found.

4 thoughts on “Search for an “extinct” apple

  1. Monoculture says:
  2. cheriewhite says:

    I saw this on the news and I thought, Wow! I remember eating an orange apple when I was little (the seventies) but I never knew they were thought to be extinct. I just knew I hadn’t seen them in years and always assumed it was because we weren’t living in the appropriate area anymore (I was a military brat and lived in a totally different climate when I ate the apple).

  3. Furthur says:

    “A legacy New Mexico apple orchard made a brief, but busy, return to Albuquerque for a two-day sale of their famous Champagne Apples and cider.”
    “Now based in Wisconsin, the legendary Dixon’s Apple Orchard brought a truckload of its famous apples and cases of cider to Albuquerque on Sunday, October 11-12.
    The orchard originally opened in 1944 near the Cochiti Pueblo, north of Albuquerque. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people bought apples from the farm, which became well-known for its champagne apples.
    In 2011, the Las Conchas fire burned part of the farm. The wildfire led to flooding, which eventually forced the business to close.
    Over the last nine years, the orchard has found a new home in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley. About five years ago, Mullane planted the next generation of apple trees from cuttings of the original New Mexico trees.”
    See also “Dixon’s Apple Orchard dispute resolved; former operators get $2 million” (2014)

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