In this Oct. 28 photo, amateur botanist David Benscoter of The Lost Apple Project stands near a tree in the Steptoe Butte area near Colfax that produces Arkansas Beauty apples, a so-called heritage fruit long believed to be extinct until Benscoter and fellow botanist E.J. Brandt rediscovered it, along with at least 12 other long-lost apple varieties over the past several years through their work searching in homestead orchards, remote canyons and windswept fields in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

In this Oct. 28 photo, amateur botanist David Benscoter of The Lost Apple Project stands near a tree in the Steptoe Butte area near Colfax that produces Arkansas Beauty apples, a so-called heritage fruit long believed to be extinct until Benscoter and fellow botanist E.J. Brandt rediscovered it, along with at least 12 other long-lost apple varieties over the past several years through their work searching in homestead orchards, remote canyons and windswept fields in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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