A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.
Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience over more than thirty years, as he searched for and grew hundreds of antique apples, including both legendary varieties (like Nickajack and Magnum Bonum) and lesser-known ones (like Buff and Cullasaga). Today, many of these apples are at risk of disappearing forever.
Illustrated with more than 120 rarely seen watercolors of antique apples from the National Agricultural Library, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference and gift book. In addition to a discussion of over 2,000 antique apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides the history of apples in the South, and their cultivation and uses by southerners.
Following his military career, Lee Calhoun and his family settled in Chatham County in central North Carolina. For the past thirty years, he has searched for antique southern apples and has grown more than 450 varieties in his preservation orchard. For sixteen years Lee and his wife, Edith, operated a small nursery that was an important source for rare and regional apple varieties.
"Lee Calhoun's first edition of Old Southern Apples did much to bring the forgotten fruits of Appalachia and the Piedmont to the attention of heritage food conservationists. But this new edition is so stunning that it will serve to keep these horticultural and culinary treasures in circulation for at least another century."--Gary Nabhan, author of Coming Home to Eat and coauthor of Renewing America's Food Traditions
"Apples beloved in America's past are making a comeback thanks to the work of crotchety apple growers like Lee Calhoun. His passion for seeking out the lore behind varieties like Barker's Liner and the humongous Gloria Mundi can only be described as tenacious. Much like a grandfather apple tree still offering its gifts from aside an abandoned cellar hole, Lee stands true with honest assessments of many classic heirlooms. The renewal of apple culture across Appalachia starts with getting this outstanding book!"--Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist