The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Apple varieties

From the moment Catherine II annexed the Crimean Khanate, naturalists began assembling lists of the apple varieties of the peninsula. There were short lists and long lists, from a list of 13 local varieties compiled in 1818 to a list of 294 compiled at the Nikita Botanical Garden in 1847.

(The fact that so many apples grew wild in the forest made it difficult for pomologists to keep them straight. At the 1888 Tavrida Province agricultural exhibition 111 varieties were on display.)

Here are the varieties identified as growing in Crimea according to the 1906 Atlas of Fruits.

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