Old Southern Apples

Revised and Expanded Edition Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr.
$75.00 US • Hardcover ISBN 9781603582940 8 1/2 x 11 • 352 pages Pub Date: February 2011

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Apples beloved in America’s past are making a comeback thanks to the work of crotchety apple growers like Lee Calhoun… —Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist

Now Back in Print! A Seminal Reference Book from One of America’s Foremost Authorities in Apple Conservation First published in 1995, Lee Calhoun’s Old Southern Apples became an instant classic and indispensable reference for home and commercial orchardists, as well as American historians and scholars. Now back in print in a newly revised and expanded edition, Calhoun’s masterpiece features descriptions of 1,800 apple varieties that either originated or have been widely grown in the American South, along with more than 120 stunning color images from the National Agricultural Library’s collection of watercolor paintings. The culmination of more than thirty years of research and experience, Old Southern Apples includes both legendary apple varieties like Nickajack and Magnum Bonum, and more obscure varieties like Buff and Cullasaga. Many of these apples, which represent our agricultural heritage, either have disappeared or are at risk of becoming extinct. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of nearly two thousand apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun explains the historical significance of apples in the southern United States, practical information on cultivation, and methods of storing and using apples for traditional products such as apple cider, apple butter, and apple brandy. Impeccably designed and painstakingly thorough, Old Southern Apples is both an indispensable reference and a charming gift book for the apple aficionado.

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 Paul Nabhan, author of Coming Home to Eat and editor of Renewing America’s Food Traditions

Lee Calhoun lives in Chatham County, North Carolina, where he settled after a career in the military. Over the
past three decades he has sought out many old-time Southern apples and has grown more than 550 varieties himself. For many years, he and his wife, Edith, operated Calhoun Nursery, which was a key resource for rare and regional apple varieties.

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