I suspect that there are apple varieties which have never been named, awaiting discovery. A good friend used to own an old house on a large plot of New Hampshire land, across the road from a large commercial orchard. Her property was once a farm, and still had a number of apple trees, some producing recognizable varieties. Among the mysteries was a tree that yielded tasty round apples with pink flesh. When she asked the orchard manager what these were, he was unable to identify them, but asked if he could take cuttings so as to create more trees. Since apples are hybrids, it’s possible that some of the current sports are duplicates of heirloom varieties which fell out of favor.
This is a cool article. It reminds me of that new show on national geographic where they search for animals believed to be extinct.
That pink flesh apple sounds interesting. Any pics?