"Every apple has its purpose"

Emerging North Carolina orchard asserts fruit's Cherokee past

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In Cherokee, noquisiyi means star-sky. The word is an ode to the cosmos; a constellation of all that is possible when you understand the interrelated nature of water, plants, and the sky.

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