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Cullasaga

Why you should be excited

Cullasaga is an old U.S. apple thought extinct until a single tree was rediscovered in North Carolina.

The story of Cullasaga

You know you’re an apple nerd when you get excited about growing an apple that –- for much of the 20th century –- was believed to be extinct.

North Carolina apple hunter Lee Calhoun found this one in Macon County in 1989, long after folks had concluded this once-popular variety -– in North Carolina, anyway – was extinct. Calhoun took scions for grafting before this one old tree died and now Cullasaga is back for all the world to see (and taste).

Thanks to Calhoun and apple collector extraordinaire Nick Botner (who sold us a stick of wood), we were able to graft this variety in 2013. Purported to be a tasty late ripener, we’re looking forward to sampling Cullasaga for ourselves.

Cullasaga Facts

Its origins

Started from seed in Macon County, North Carolina, USA, circa 1830.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The yellowish flesh is tender, juicy, aromatic and has a nicely balanced flavour.

Appearance

A fairly large green apple, usually with red stripes.

When they’re available

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Good.

Quality for cider

Like virtually all old U.S. varieties, you can be sure this one has been used extensively in cider.

Keeping ability

We'll let you know when we find out.