Apple-achia: Biocultural Diversity in the American Mountain South

VETETO, James R. - Western Carolina University, Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies

With over 1000 documented landrace varieties, southern/central Appalachia has more infra-specific apple crop biodiversity than any other documented foodshed in the US. This presentation will provide a brief overview of apple diversity in the Appalachian highlands, farmer decision-making regarding varietal diversity in the face of environmental change, and culinary uses and cultural traditions associated with apples. Film clips from an upcoming documentary will illustrate the importance of heirloom apples to Appalachian culture and history.