Old Southern Apples, Revised & Expanded: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts
by Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr.
A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers, particularly for those living in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition 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 more than thirty years of personal experience in growing hundreds of classic apples, including both legendary varieties (like Nickajack and Magnum Bonum) and little-known ones (like Buff and Cullasaga). Representing our common orchard heritage, many of these apples today are at risk of disappearing from our national table.
Illustrated with more than 170 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library‘s collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference guide and gift book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and their traditional uses.
Old Southern Apples, nominated for the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) 2012 Annual Literature Award, is included in our New Books List for November 13, 2012.