The Twister Fruit Picker®: Heirloom Apples, Once Thought Lost Forever, Have Been Found

If you thought something vanished and was forgotten, would you go looking for it?
Dave Benscoter, with The Lost Apple Project (LAP), spends most of his days in Eastern Washington as an “apple detective” looking for apples that are believed to be extinct.

Apples are a part of our heritage and hold special memories for many families.
Whether you grow Gravenstein, McIntosh, Fuji, Delicious, Orange Pippin, Braeburn, Jonagold, Empire, Gala, Winesap or heirloom apples, you need The Twister Fruit Picker® so that you can easily pick your apples safely from the ground!

On a recent excursion with The Twister Fruit Picker®, we met Dave on the slopes of Steptoe Butte, a 3600-foot land formation that stands out in the Palouse farmland of Whitman County, Washington. We were also joined by Jennifer Wing who came from National Public Radio station KNKX in Seattle, Washington. She was there to interview Dave for a radio show that aired later that month.

With The Twister Fruit Picker® in hand, we spent about 4 hours trekking up and down the slopes of Steptoe Butte with Dave.

He is very knowledgeable, and it was amazing to hear firsthand the history of heirloom apples. We also have a great appreciation for what he does after experiencing the harsh picking conditions that he navigates (thorns, mole holes, unpruned trees and steep terrain), not to mention the skill involved in identifying and categorizing each apple. As he picks the apples, Dave carefully records each one, the tree it’s from, and GPS’s each tree’s location.

We tasted a variety of apples – our favorite for eating was “Maiden Blush.” It was a sweet juicy apple with a bright pink blush located near the stem.

Since 2014 he has discovered 3 lost apple varieties – Nero, Arkansas Beauty and Dickinson. The Lost Apple Project has contracted with a nursery to graft a limited number of these trees. They are available for purchase through The Whitman County Historical Society.

If you have an apple tree or you are planning on planting an apple tree, you will enjoy the unique, light design of The Twister Fruit Picker®. You won’t need a ladder and you’ll be able to reach those “ripe, juicy, sweet” apples at the top of the tree.

It’s also great for picking many different kinds of tree fruit. It will become your favorite tool! Purchasing one is as easy as going to The Twister Fruit Picker website that also links to our Amazon marketplace.

Happy Picking!