I wanted to put this here since I thought or think I'll get more responses to my question/questions. I have a new book about Apples, " The Apple Lovers Cook book". . It has recipes and lots of information about apples I didn't know. Such as: The USDA, did a catalog of Apples and the total varieties was 14,000. Can you believe it? That Apples are grown in Alaska. Anyone here from Alaska and grow apples? That if you grow a seed from a store apple it's fruit will be different? The only way to get a true apple tree of the variety is with grafting and/or controlled breeding. What I found really interesting is the genetics of Apples. "Therefore each seed in the very same apple could have a different father and thus , a unique genetic makeup". What this means to me is that each seed, in the same apple, would produce a new variety. I think that is so cool. As the book puts it , genetics in apples is "mind boggling". So why this posting? Well according to the book some varieties, it list just 59, are not available everywhere. In fact some are only grown by small farms and not available in stores. Some are privately own and licensed. Some can only be had by special order. What I'd like to know is without looking it up, 1. What are the most common apple varieties in your area? 2. Are there any you know are rarer to the rest of the state you live in? 3. Do you grow apples? Do you have a small orchard? Do you grow any non common varieties? What can you tell me of your apple growing experience? The author lists some places that grow for special order and I do hope to look them up and perhaps order some for cooking in some of these recipes.