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Our name, Ålmarium Sourssays it all...

"Alma" takes us to the heart of all Malus (apple family) trees, to Kazakhstan--where "alma" means "apple". Our project, for more than 20 years, has been a nod to the source of origin of all apples in what were once thousands of acres of wild apple forests of Kazakhstan in a diverse mix of plants and trees. These forests are also the source of origin for other plants we use today.

 

Almaty (the city of apples) was once surrounded by wild apple forests. As is happening around the world, Almaty too is reaching out and changing its surroundings. For where to learn more on how and why this important source of origin is endangered, see our some of our favourite websites on the Resources page.

 

Another good reason to pay more attention to the source of origin of all apples, is that we'll all be eating more of those wild apple family genes in the not so distant future.The USDA (US Department of Agriculture), through its breeding program, is reintroducing features of wild apple trees from Kazakhstan into domestic eating apples (Malus domestica).

 

One of the USDA's goals is to increase disease resistance, so that growers of eating apples will need to use fewer pesticides and fungicides to grow those apples for us to eat.

 

Another goal is to increase the nutritional value of eating apples. The nutritional profile of eating apples differs from undomesticated apples. Eating apple varieties were selected and developed to cater to a fresh market that had a sweet tooth and a low tolerance for bitter and acid.

 

Fortuitously, this breeding program is underway at a time when tastes are changing. Both sour and bitter are being reintroduced into many our foods as demand increases for naturally, synergistically, healthy foods as an alternative to isolated dietary supplements.

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