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Pollination group:

Airlie Red Flesh

Synonyms: Aerlie, Airlie, Airlie's Red Flesh, Hidden Rose

Summary: A red-fleshed apple found as a chance seedling in Oregon State. See also Mountain Rose .

Identification: Small to medium size, conic. Faint ribbing can sometimes be seen. The base colour is yellowish green maturingto golden yellow, often with a pink to fuchsia blush on the sun exposed face. Light coloured, small lenticels are faintly visible. The eye is closed and medium size set in a deep funnel shaped basin. The stem is short and stout, set in a deep cavity. Waxy.

Characteristics: The flesh is cream coloured with red stains throughout, but mostly white at the core. Fine grained, dense and sometimes rock hard. Very sweet and often tart, sometimes with a mild astringency. Citric flavours mingled with a hints of berries and citrus.

Uses: Mainly used as a fresh-eating apple, but also lends itself to pies and crisps, apple sauce, apple jelly and cider. The flesh resists oxidization (browning) when exposed to the air.

Origins: Found by growing as a wild seedling near an abandoned apple orchard on land belonging to Lucky and Audrey Newell near the town of Airlie in Oregon State (U.S.A.) during the 1960s. In 1980, the apples were shown to pomologist Bill Schulz who determined that they were indeed a new variety and gave them the name Airlie Red Flesh.

Cultivation: Vigorous, spreading tree. Tolerates Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.

Ploidism: Dipoid. Self sterile.

Notes: Often confused with the Mountain Rose which is believed to be a mutation of Airlie Redflesh.

4 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps about a month in cold storage but tends to quickly become mushy if kept overlong.

Harvest: Ready for harvest late fourth and beginning of fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Cider, Dessert, Eating, Jelly, Pie, Sauce

Hardiness Zone min: 4

Hardiness Zone max: 8

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 15

Flowers: Intense pink flowers