These apples are the size of pearls
Location: Yakutsk, Russia
Nikifor Ivanov grows a breed of frost-resistant apples
which can withstand extreme weather conditions in Siberia
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) YAKUTSK RESIDENT, NIKIFOR IVANOV, SAYING:"It's crunchy like an apple and tastes like an apple, a bit sour still. Just like this."
Winter temperatures in Yakutia can drop as low as -76°F
Local plants have to adapt to such an environment by decreasing their size
Ivanov says harvesting the micro apples is painstaking
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) YAKUTSK RESIDENT, NIKIFOR IVANOV, SAYING:"No, we've never harvested all of them because it's laborious and painstaking. You just take a handful and eat it. Give it to somebody, surprise someone. That's it. Birds eat the apples too when the apples become soft."