I know apple picking season in these parts is over but John Seabrook’s recent New Yorker piece about the development and marketing of the SweeTango apple—a cross of the Honeycrisp and the Zestar—got me thinking about my favorite apple, the American Cameo. Unlike SweeTango, which emerged out of thousands of crossbreeding experiments at the University of Minnesota’s Horticultural Research Center, the Cameo was discovered by accident in 1987, growing in the middle of a Red Delicious orchard in Dryden, Washington.