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Pollination group:


Synonyms: Boikenapfel

Identification: Medium to large size, round and flattened. Prominent ribs are rounded. The base colour is greenish yellow, with a reddish brown wash on the sun-exposed face. Greyish russet lenticels. Look for some russet patches. The calyx is medium size and closed or slightly open, set in a wide and deep basin which is surrounded by a knobbed crown. The stem can vary in length, but is usually quite stout, set in a wide and deep, russeted cavity. Greasy feel on skin when the apple approaches maturity.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, crisp, firm and fine-grained. Somewhat dry, sweet-tart with good aroma.

Uses: Can be eaten fresh, but best for juicing, cider and baking.

Origins: Thought to have originated as a chance seedling found and raised in the area of Bremen (Germany) around 1800 by Boike (or Boiken) who was a dike warden. First described by Magister Schröder in 1828, but at that time the variety was already widely grown in coastal Germany and Denmark, as well as in Switzerland.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous and upright when young, spreading, often with drooping branches, after the tree reaches maturity. Tip bearer. Moderate harvests, usually biennial. The blossoms can tolerate late frosts.

Ploidism: Dipoloid. Self sterile. Heavy pollen production.

16 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps four months. Skin becomes greasy. Sweetens in storage.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to canker, scab and powdery mildew, particularly so when grown in damp conditions.

Harvest: At the end of the fourth period.

Juice character: Brix 12.1, acidity 11.5 g/litre.

Brix: 12.1

Specific gravity: 1.049

Acidity: 11.5

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Culinary, Cider, Eating, Juice

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 15


Apples with a similar sounding name:

Type: Cooking, Dessert, Eating

characteristics: The flesh is greenish, fine textured, firm and juicy. Sweet and sprightly for a refreshing bite, but mild flavour.

Synonyms: Early Delicious, Fenton, Miller Red