By Walt Hickey Welcome back! Apples North America once had 17,000 named varieties of domesticated apples, which I think we can all agree may be a bit much but is also pretty neat. Today, only 4,500 are known to exist. However, all is not lost: the Lost Apple Project, working from evidence that settlers planted several hundred varieties in the Pacific Northwest, has scoured their trails to try to find heirs of those trees. Think of it like Johnny Appleseed, only the exact opposite. A crack team of Lost Apple investigators
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