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This catalog lists all of the varied and wonderful foods in the USA that are currently on the Ark of Taste.

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Artisanal American Apple Brandy

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The original distilled spirit to the American Colonies dating back to 1630, apple brandy is a spirit distilled from just 100% apples and aged in oak barrels

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Autumn Strawberry Apple

Malus domestica v. Autumn Strawberry

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Berries, berries and more berries! The Strawberry, or Autumn Strawberry, is an amazing medium sized heirloom apple distinguished by the unusual flavor of berries and apple.

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Capitol Reef Apple

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Capitol Reef National Park is known for more than just its scenic views of geologic features and glorious hikes, it is also the home of the Capitol Reef Apple, which is cultivated onsite in the park’s historic Fruita Orchards. Fruita, which was settled in 1880, was home to no more than ten...

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Esopus Spitzenberg Apple

Malus pumila v. Esopus Spitzenberg

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Esopus Spitzenburg is an antique apple variety discovered by a Dutch Settler early in the 18th Century near Esopus, NY, along the Hudson River. For over 200 years this apple was the choice dessert, cider and culinary apple variety.

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Granite Beauty Apple

Malus pumila

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The Granite Beauty apple, a large fruit about four inches in diameter, has a roundish shape that is slightly oblique at each end. Its surface is irregular and appears slightly hammered or “peened,” and it has a somewhat greasy or waxy feel. The skin is golden yellow, splashed, striped or...

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Harrison Cider Apple

Malus pumila

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Photo courtesy of Ben Watson
The Harrison apple originated in Essex County, New Jersey in the early 19th century and was grown extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern United States until about 1900. The early fruit writer William Coxe described the Harrison as the “the most...

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Hauer Pippin Apple

Malus pumila

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Described by tasters as spicy, clove-like, and sweet, the Hauer Pippin is a round to flat-round, medium to large apple with a thick skin that blushes a rich red very late in the season. The creamy to yellowish white flesh is juicy with very high sugars and relatively low acidity even after...

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Hoover Apples

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The Hoover is large in size with a roundish, slightly conical shape. This heirloom variety has a striking appearance since the skin is composed of two shades of intense, dark red (sometimes making the skin appear black). The skin is also covered with large dots. The Hoover has yellowish flesh which is fairly juicy with a slightly acidic flavor.

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Newtown Pippin Apple

Malus pumila

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(a.k.a. Green Newtown Pippin)


The Newtown Pippin apple, native to what is now the borough of Queens in the City of New York, is a late-harvested, medium-large, flattish round, green-skinned, yellow-tinged, slightly russetted apple with a remarkably balanced tart/sweet flavor and an aroma...

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Plumb Cider Apple

Malus domestica v. Plumb Cider

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Primarily a Midwest variety, the Plumb Cider apple was extremely popular through the late 1800s and the early 1900s and yet suddenly disappeared from nursery catalogs by the 1920s.

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Reine de Reinette Apple

Malus domestica v. Reine de Reinette

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<p>Although it does not look like much from the outside, this apple’s unique flavor has given it the name Queen and sometimes King, standing out as royalty among apples.</p>

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Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple

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The sweet and tart flavors of the Gravenstein Apple are symbols of Sonoma County’s historical agricultural traditions. The Gravenstein, which was first planted in Sonoma County in 1811 by Russian trappers, ripens in late July&#151;making it one of the first apples in North America ready for...

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Sierra Beauty Apple

Malus pumila

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Hailing from the coastal valleys of northern California, the Sierra Beauty apple is a late harvest variety maturing from mid-October into November. The trees are vigorous upright and hard, with heavy crops every other year.


Photo courtesy of David Karp

The apple has a round blocky shape that...

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* Approved by the U.S., awaiting review by the International Ark Commission.

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