A bite of history: the growers preserving Australia’s heirloom apples

While a few varieties dominate supermarket shelves, Australia is home to more than 200 kinds of apple – with huge variance in colour, size and taste

Here’s a party trick for nerds and foodies: name as many types of apple as you can. If you start trailing off after listing 10, it is understandable. But there are far, far more.

Australia has upwards of 200 apple varieties growing in heirloom orchards and in people’s backyards – though the exact number is hard to pinpoint. These varieties originate from Europe, the United States and Japan and have names like Belle de Boskoop, Rhode Island Greening and Akane. Apple and Pear Australia tracks 18 commercial apple cultivars, including the most popular Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Pink Lady varieties.

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