Re: [gardeners] Apple butter

Lon J. Rombough (
Thu, 28 Jun 2001 09:39:17 -0700

The champ of all places for old apples is the North American Fruit Explorers
(NAFEX).   I've been a member for years and know
several folk with collections of over 1,000 varieties of apples.
-Lon J. Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on my grape book at 

>From: Margaret Lauterbach <>
>Subject: Re: [gardeners] Apple butter
>Date: Thu, Jun 28, 2001, 8:43 AM

>Yes, but fortunately fruit-growing hobbyists are keeping the old varieties 
>alive. For instance, Seed Savers Exchange yearbook this year has scions 
>(for grafting) available of Cortland, Cortland Early, and Cortland Red 
>Spur. There are also clubs and a marketing organization called 
>"Applesource." I have an old catalog from them ('96), but they had Cortland 
>apples available (and many other old fashioned varieties).  They may now 
>have a website, but all that was listed in that catalog was 1-800-588-3854. 
>These apples do bring premium prices. I don't think you could grow decent 
>apples in So. Calif. because you don't have required chilling 
>hours.  Margaret L
>At 07:52 AM 6/28/01 -0700, you wrote:
>>Good morning, Margaret,
>>Isn't it a pity how fast the wonderful apples of old are disppearing? It
>>seems that most of the apples we get, at least here in So Cal, are
>>latter day varieties, many of which come from New Zealand and elsewhere
>>outside the U.S.
>>When I was a kid growing up in NY, one of my favorites was the Cortland
>>apple. I haven't seen nary a one in going on 40 years. Sad.