Pomiferous

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Name:

Pollination group:

Benoni

Synonyms: Fail-Me-Never

Identification: Small to medium in size. Round and conic, narrowing to the crown which is often higher on one side than the other. Nonsymetrical and faintly ribbed at the eye. Thin, smooth skin, orange-yellow with stripes of intense carmine. Covered with scattered, small, white lenticels. The calyx is small and partly open, set in a wide and moderately deep basin which is often puckered. The stem is short to very short, slender and set in a moderately deep basin, often surrounded with a greenish russetting. It feels greasy when ripe.

Characteristics: Flesh is yellowish, firm, crisp and fine-grained. Juicy. Sweet and slightly tart with pineapple flavours.

Uses: Wonderful fresh eating apple, but also highly regarded as a cooking apple, especially in pies.

Origins: Introduced by amateur pomologist Mason Richards of Dedham, Massachusetts (U.S.A.), in the 1835 issue of the "Magazine of Horticulture." The original tree, a chance seedling, had been found on his farm 25 years earlier.

Cultivation: Vigorous and upright. Bears fruit quite young. Production tends to be heavy but it bears fruit every second year. Tolerates Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Cold storage: Does not keep well.

Harvest: Prior to the end of the third period

Harvest period: 3

Type(s): Cooking, Dessert, Eating, Pie

Hardiness Zone min: 4

Hardiness Zone max: 8

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 11


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Apples with a similar sounding name:

Banana
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Type: Dessert

characteristics: The greenish flesh is frim, moderately juicy, sweet and aromatic.