Apples in North America before Columbus

some recent research by Yuri Kuchinsky


This is another article about the apple trees that the Native Americans cultivated before Columbus.


 From: Yuri Kuchinsky (
 Subject: Re: lots of Native American apples 
 Newsgroups: sci.archaeology, sci.anthropology,
 Date: 2002-05-06 14:58:19 PST 

Greetings all,

See my previous post on this subject at,

Well, it's quite amazing to see all this hostility and insults that
have greeted the very unusual information about Cherokee apples that
I've posted yesterday. Sure looks like there's a whole gang of
Hyper-Diffusionists now who are trying to impose their ethnocentric
view of history on the rest of us in sci.archaeology...

Nobody, not one of them, has even bothered to look at all the other
info that I've posted, besides the story of Chief Junaluskee's
apple-tree. It looks like their eyes will forever remain closed to the
great cultural achievements of Native Americans... And it sure looks
like they consider Mr Weller as their leader of some sort, and so they
just follow his lead like a herd of cattle. With a shepherd like this,
obviously these sheep will come to no good. I would have thought that,
as a former elementary school teacher, Mr. Weller would be a little
bit more sensitive about cross-cultural communication, but, alas, this
is not the case...

So then let me post some more info from the same website. Not for
these rabid Hyper-Diffusionists, of course, but for the rest of us,
who might be otherwise inclined.

Because this is what Silas McDowell, this great Southern pomologist,
who sure knew his apples, wrote. He said that the Cherokee apples were
the best for this particular climate of North Carolina! And he further
gave a very impressive list of these apples, that I will comment upon


Winter apples

     In this article, McDowell described his efforts to develop winter
     apples which would grow well in his part of North Carolina.  He
     also listed the apples that he developed and tells how they were
     named.  From the April, 1858 issue of The North Carolina Planter
     (pp. 125-126).


I have seen seedling Winter Apples, which had their origin amongst the
Cherokee Indians, equal to any Apple I ever saw at the North;


                       1. Camack's Winter Sweet,
                       2. Maverick's Winter Sweet, 
                       3. McDowell's Winter Sweet,
                       4. Cullasaga,
                       5. Nickajack. C
                       6. Ducket, (white.)
                       7. Alarkee.
                       8. Equinetely.
                       9. Cullawhee, (18 inches,)
                       10. Junaluskee. C
                       11. Watauga.
                       12. Tilleqoah. C
                       13. Chestooah.

All of Cherokee origin, save the 4 as marked.


Now, this WWW version of this article doesn't say which apples of this
list of 13 varieties are non-Cherokee apples. But, any way you look at
it, we have here 9 apple varieties that the Cherokees had, but the
white man didn't.

Does this look like the Cherokees have borrowed these 9 apple
varieties from the white man, from the recent European settlers? No,
my friends, this is not Alice in Wonderland. Clearly, this particular
"Columbian Exchange" went the other way around!

So perhaps any of our gang of sci.arch Hyper-Diffusionists would like
to suggest where did these Cherokees get their apples from? After all,
we have some eminent archaeological and anthropological authorities
here, who claim to know quite a lot about American history and
archaeology... So who was it who "gave" the Cherokees all these
apples? And where were they coming from, from which foreign land?

The world waits with baited breath...


Yuri Kuchinsky  -=O=- Toronto

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge 
-- Alfred North Whitehead

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