In the Mission Valley of Montana, there is an incredible diversity of naturalized apples. Jere Gettle, whose boyhood home was Montana, fondly remembers
the rugged valley landscape covered in a sensational mix of colors and flavors. Apples in this area range from bright orange to subtle pinks in riotous
stripes of colors, and the flavor is outstanding. The apples here surreptitiously sprouted from seeds deposited by pioneers of the 1800s, which explains the
diversity of the fruit, as apples started from seed are genetically random. Mountain men, trappers, and loggers who packed apples along for their journey
tossed cores as they traversed the virgin landscape; randomized crossbred apples sprouted in their place. Black bears can be seen climbing the apple
trees in this area, and indeed the bears played a role in spreading the apples across the landscape.