Planting apples is a game of chance in which every seed is a wild card. The pome's genetics are so diverse that kernels from the same core sprout into entirely different varieties.
If Silk Road travelers had minded their litter, we wouldn’t have today’s apples. Kazakh fruits hitched rides to China and Europe, where trees grown from discarded cores cross-pollinated with soft Asian and sour crab varieties. Farmers cultivated some of the European offspring, creating a new species—the ancestor to all modern pomes.
Random - Iowa - Orchard - Crisp - Globes
A random seedling in an 1870s Iowa orchard blossomed into crisp red globes. Half a...