Alma Ata


Home of the ancestor of our today’s apples

The wild apple “Malus sieversii”, which is regarded to be the ancestor of our today’s apple, still grows on the mountainsides above the city of Alma Ata in Kazakhstan. Alma Ata means “City of apples” and is considered to be the genetic centre of the cultivated apple. In the wild apple forests you will find a wide variety of this naturally occurring wild fruit – different in size, taste and colour, some of them not eatable, some of them reminding us of our varieties.



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