[nafex] Collection of apple varieties

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar parmarch_mnd at dataone.in
Mon Jan 30 22:39:25 EST 2012

Dear all,

I gather from Jerry Lehman’s mail to Group that Mr. Gene Wild has a collection of 800 apple varieties.  I guess that it it must be the LARGEST collection owned by an individual.  

Am, I right?  Or any of you know about a larger collection.

It requires great passion to build such a large collection of varieties as it is not a good commercial strategy.  In India, kings and big landlords used to build large collection of mango varieties but here I have not heard a collection bigger than of 350 mango varieties.  However, 400 years ago there once existed a mango orchard which had one lakh (100,000) mango trees and it was called Lakh Bagh (bagh=orchard).  But it was got planted by the great Moghul Emperor Akbar.

I keep collecting such bits of information for my “Fruit Facts” which I publish weekly in Fruitipedia and one Indian newspaper.  I think Gene’s collection can feature in that if it the largest collection by an individual.


Can you give me contact details of Gene Wild?

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
186/3 Jail Road
Mandi HP 175001, India
01905-222810; 094181-81323

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