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Walking the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan

Walk the Great Wall of China, climb Machu Picchu in Peru, or sail on the Amazon River. These are typical travel bucket-list items. However, if your passion is horticulture, your list of must-visit destinations may include some more obscure places, such as the birthplace of modern apples.

The Tian Shan Mountains, which straddle the border between China and Kazakhstan in Central Asia, have been scientifically proven to be the home of the apple tree. The ancient wild apple species of the region, , which is still found here today, shares its genetic code with

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