The Colorado Orange apple was thought to be extinct until now

The Colorado Orange apple was thought to be extinct until now

Though Washington state’s apple growers recently made headlines with the introduction of the crunchy new Cosmic Crisp variety, Colorado has a long history as an apple growing state. Now that history has resurfaced with the discovery of the rare Colorado Orange apple, thought to be possibly extinct.
The discovery comes from Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (MORP), an organization that “works to preserve Colorado’s fruit- growing heritage and restore an orchard culture and economy to the southwestern region.” Co-founders Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer started the organization to preserve the apple-growing history of Montezuma county, the Southwestern corner of the state that borders Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.

According to MORP, Colorado was a prolific apple producing state starting in the 1860s, winning three gold medals for its fruit at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Since then the many grown in the state have fallen out of favor in the marketplace; luckily many of those orchards still exist, with 100-year-old trees still producing fruit. Read more in

for Sunset ELLEN FORT – December 30, 2019

The Rediscovery Of The Colorado Orange Apple: NPR

The Rediscovery Of The Colorado Orange Apple

In Colorado they have rediscovered a long-lost apple, the Colorado Orange apple. Jude Schuenemeyer talks about the discovery.

December 29, 20197:54 AM ET
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He’s On A Mission To Save Heritage Apples

Farm Show Magazine: Jude Schuenemeyer and his wife, Addie, are on a mission to save heritage apple varieties unique to southwestern Colorado. Their Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (MORP) seeks out old orchards and harvests scion wood for grafting and replanting, sometimes just in the nick of time. Read more in Farm Show Magazine.

Farm Show Magazine, 2012 – Volume #36, Issue #3, Page #22

note: The Colorado Orange apple mentioned in this story DNA tested to be a York Imperial. Any MORP mention of a Colorado Orange prior to 2018 is York Imperial. Here is an updated story on MORP’s experience seeking the elusive Colorado Orange. Any MORP mention of a Colorado Orange after 2017 is “likely” a rediscovered Colorado Orange apple.