Celebrating National Apple Day With A 'Beauty'-ful Update
Have You Heard of the Shiawassee Apple? Learn More When You Visit The Shiawassee Apple Museum Online!
Dan Bacon of Mason County shared this photo of his Shiawassee Apple graft (2019) and said if it stays healthy, he'll have one for The Shiawassee Apple Museum in 2021!
Josh Strickland is the Publisher of Corunna Now and The Shiawassee Exchange. He's also the Curator of The Shiawassee Apple Museum. Since learning about this celebrated, but long-forgotten and "virtually extinct" variety of apple that was birthed in and named for Shiawassee County back around 1840, he's been collecting all the information he can about it, and making it available online here.
He imagines, one day, a physical museum location where guests can visit, learn more, and maybe even eat a "Shiawassee Beauty." Today, October 21st, which happens to be National Apple Day, he shared some news that could mean that vision is an important step closer to being possible.
"I have made contact with several out-of-town growers in recent years that were able to graft from existing trees (one of which, I was told, exists in Shiawassee County, but whose owner does not want its location disclosed), whom indicated that it would be possible to obtain a tree from them. One of these growers, Dan Bacon of Mason County, said if his graft continues to grow healthy, he would anticipate making a graft available to us in 2021," he wrote.
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"Our desire to plant and grow a tree (or trees) locally would be done with the intention of supporting public education about the history of the Shiawassee apple, as well as making its fruit available," he added.
Originally called "Shiawassee Beauty" for its "fine quality and extreme beauty," (T. T. Lyon) the variety was first cultivated in a nursery in Gaines, Genesee County. The original tree, among others, was sold, moved and then planted in Vernon.
An apple that nearly no one today knows was named a "Promising New Fruit" in the Yearbook of the Department of Agriculture in 1911.