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The Pope's Apple

A centuries-old apple tree which was considered to be extinct has been rediscovered in the Municipality of Genga. It is called the "Pope's Apple", since Pope Leo XII (born Annibale Sermattei della Genga) made the first grafting about 200 years ago. The discovery is the result of a historical research activity carried out by Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori (CIA) of the Province of Ancona. Only three specimens of the apple tree survived thanks to a local family. However, thanks to the project carried out in collaboration with ASSAM (the Regional Agency for the Agricultural Development), the aim is to bring back to production this kind of apple.

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