Maybe someone of you can remember that some time ago, in a thread about Quinces, I talked about a new type of "quince", previously unknown, discovered by some experts in the orchard of my mountain holiday home. The fruit, which actually is an apple (sharing many features with quinces) came from a single, ancient tree, probably due to a mutation. Since it seems to have outstanding features both for flavour/taste and for resistence to parasites (to tell the truth, we had never realized it before...but "nemo propheta in patria" ;) ) they expanded the tree and have grown a whole cultivation (strictly organic). They're planning to use the apples exclusively to produce and commercialize a new apple pie, made following an ancient local recipe.
The new is that the association that cares about "my" apple, which aim is the recovery of ancient fruits (they're a sort of "fruit archaeologists") has published a series of books about this topic, and my apple is the star of the book about apples. They dedicated to it a whole chapter, also explaining the history of my family and of our house, and put a very nice picture of the apple on the cover (unfortunately I can't scan the picture and post it here...). Apart from this, those books are very interesting and informative, and it's a pity they're available only in Italian;)
In any case, the name of my apple is BELFIORE DI RONZONE (from the name of the village where we have our home) and you can trace it also online as there are some links...unfortunately, only in Italian, since it's not worldwide famous yet :D
Sorry for having bored you about that...but I'm
"The Proud Mommy of Belfiore di Ronzone"