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Dalitron

Identification: Large and conical, sometimes elongated, with little or no ribbing. The skin is greenish yellow maturing to bright lemon-yellow in storage. It usually develops a pronounced waxy feel as it ripens. The stem is slender and long, set in a deep, wide cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is creamy white, fine-grained, firm, crunchy and juicy. Look for a blend of banana and tropical fruit flavours. Brix 14.0 degrees.

Uses: Intended as a market apple for eating fresh.

Origins: Developed in 1994 by Guy Ligonniere for the International Fruit Obtention venture between Valois, Mondial Fruit Selection, and Davodeau-Ligonniere Nurseries—at Moulin Neuf, Lezigne (France), by crossing Golden Delicious (flower) with pollen from Pilot. A total of 85 seeds were selected from the cross-pollination and, in 1997, one of the resulting seedlings was set aside for further propagation by grafting.

Cultivation: Vigorous, upright spreading tree. Bears fruit on spurs.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: Resembles the Golden Delicious in many respects.

Status: dessert

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 10


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