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Pollination group:

Bentley's Sweet

Synonyms: Bentley, Bentley Sweet

Summary: This long-keeping apple originated in the southern United States in the early 1800s and is still favoured as an excellent, sweet-eating apple.

Identification: Medium size, round and flattened, often irregular shape. Smooth skin. Base colour is greenish yellow over which are red flushes and some striping. Abundant small brown russet lenticels. The stem is short and moderately stout, set in a narrow and deep cavity. The calyx is large, partly open and set in a moderately deep, moderately narrow basin, often ribbed.

Characteristics: The yellowish flesh is crisp, fine-grained, firm and juicy. Intensely sweet and slightly sprightly.

Uses: A fresh eating and baking apple that has also been listed as a good cider apple for its sweetness.

Origins: Raised by Ebenezer Zane on Wheeling Island of the Ohio River on the Ohio/West Virginia (U.S.A.) border prior to 1815. Origin unknown.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, precocious, spur bearer.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

24 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to six months, though some claim it will hold for 10 months.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to bitter rot.

Harvest: Ready for harvest in the middle of the fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Cider, Eating