Lost for decades, the Colorado Orange apple variety has been found — officially

The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project compared the fruit of a tree found near Cañon City to botanical illustrations and wax castings of award-winning apples to identify the lost treasure. Read the full article in The Colorado Sun. DEC 18, 2019 5:07AM MST

Also, read the story of the elusive Colorado Orange apple in MORP’s own words.

An apple revival near Four Corners is restoring hundreds of historic fruits — and the local ag economy

Using DNA testing in southwest Colorado, the Montezuma Orchard Restoration project welcomes back apple varieties like Winter Banana, Blue Pearmain, Ben Davis and Esopus Spitzenburg — and businesses are sprouting around them.

MCELMO CANYON — The apple orchard on Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer’s farm in a squiggle of a canyon in far southwest Colorado is a wild place. Turkeys gobble around on the hunt for bugs in native grasses that grow nearly as high as the gnarly limbs of the apple trees. Those trees are set hither and thither instead of lining up in typical tidy orchard rows. They bear apples that few fruit fans have likely heard of: Winter Banana, Blue Pearmain, Ben Davis and Esopus Spitzenburg…read the full article in The Colorado Sun.

Nancy Lofholm 
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2019 5:05AM MST

Couple’s mission to preserve old apple varieties

Old apple varieties on the verge of extinction are becoming relevant again and are gradually being identified, propagated and re-planted around the state.

That’s in no small part due to the efforts of Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer, a couple from Southwest Colorado who have made it their mission to find and preserve heirloom varieties and document everything they can about the state’s rich apple-growing heritage… Read full article at the AG Journal Online.

By Candace Krebs for Ag Journal
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at 1:53 PM