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By Garth Meyer
Whitman County Gazette 

Palouse home to seven 'extinct' apple varieties

Lost Apple Project collects varieties thought extinct


The Lost Apple Project

One of the found varieties is the Almota apple.

CHATTAROY - The Lost Apple Project announced seven apple varieties believed lost or extinct were found in old orchards in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

David Benscoter and the Temperate Orchard Conservancy (TOC) identified the apples collected in the fall of 2020 in the Palouse area.

The two projects in cooperation have now found 29 apple varieties thought previously to be extinct.

The varieties found were Almota, Eper, Iowa Flat, and Ivan hoe.

When a lost apple is identified, two apple trees are grafted and planted at the TOC in order to preserve the line. Grafting wood and trees are lat...

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