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Pollination group:

African Red

Synonyms: Marketed as African Carmine.

Identification: Medium size, round and sometimes flat round. The skin is entirely washed with bright cherry red over which are darker broken stripes and marked with prominent white lenticels. Some russeting occurs in the stem cavity and radiates out onto the shoulder. The stem is medium in length and set in a medium deep basin. The calyx is tight and closed set in an open funnel shaped basin. A weak bloom develops on the surface and this rubs off easily to reveal a bright and glossy skin texture.

Characteristics: The flesh is light cream colour, fine grained and firm.. Juicy, sweet with very low acidity. up to six months in cold storage with no appreciable loss of texture or flavour.

Uses: Intended as a supermarket apple for fresh eating. Also good in fruit salads and in yogurts for colour, crunch and flavour.

Origins: The first in its apple breeding programme was bred by J.H. Acker at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij) in Hatfield, Pretoria (South Africa) by crossing Lady Williams and Golden Delicious (pollen parent). It was subsequently tested as ARC selection 3B-14-24 and released to South African orchardists in 2008.

Cultivation: Vigorous, semi-upright tree. Bears fruit on on both spurs and shoots.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to scab, but some resistance to mildew.

Type(s): Dessert, Eating

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 11