Pomiferous

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Belmac

Summary: A Mac-style apple but more hardy and disease resistant.

Identification: Medium tending to large and round, often oblate in shape. Looks like a Macintosh. The skin is thick and tough, striped cardinal red with 90% coverage over bright green base; often small beige or white dots. The stem is long and moderately thick, set in a deep, funnel shaped, sometimes russeted cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is slightly greenish and firm, coarse-grained, firm and crunchy. Sweet and sprightly with an aroma of roses.

Uses: This is an all purpose apple. A good fresh eating apple but also makes good pies and sauce.

Origins: Developed by Raymond L. Granger at the Horticulture Research & Development Centre of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (Canada), and released in 1996. Described as a cross between a Spartan and Ottawa 521 ( Melba X PRI 11?151 which has Malus floribunda 821 in its ancestry).

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright spreading tree. Bears fruit on two-year wood. Starts to producer fruit at four years with good crops on an annual basis.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

16 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps for up to four months in cold storage.

Vulnerabilities: Resistant to scab and mildew.

Harvest: Late in the fourth period.

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Culinary, Dessert, Pie, Sauce

Hardiness Zone min: 3

Hardiness Zone max: 8


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