Colorado Orange Apple (thought to be extinct)

This Apple was long thought to be extinct.

The Montezuma project discovered a living specimen and went through a long process to verify whether or not it was truly the legitimate tree.

The tree for sale that will be planted on a farm in Palisade, Colorado. The farmer will raise the tree and help bring back this once locally beloved apple tree. In the 1800's the many local trees were out produced by big farms that grew a mainstream apples, although it is said that many of the Colorado apples had superior taste. It is currently being bid on by others but not in the Palisade growing region that direct supports Colorado, especially many of the mountain towns.

As a Chef I feel it my duty to try and preserve a crop that was once beloved for its cold weather and drought tolerance; not to mention its sought after & unique flavor profile.

I see this tree as an opportunity to revive a local heritage once lost. I imagine in the next few years you will likely hear more about this apple more so if you live in Colorado.

The bidding is currently in the neighborhood of $2000+ which admittedly a lot for a tree. Although, this money will directly impact the future viability of a near extinct local tree.


  • Dave Astill 
    • 25 $ 
    • 24 d
  • Eric Bergstrom 
    • 50 $ 
    • 24 d
  • Benjamin Barrick 
    • 25 $ 
    • 25 d


Tyson Peterson 
Vail, CO
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