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Identification: Small to medium size and round conic in shape. The skin is smooth and thick. Base skin colour is green-yellow maturing to yellow which is washed across two thirds of the face or more with a flush that can vary from orange-red to dark red. Lenticels are medium in size, increasing in abundance toward the blossom basin. The basin itself is five-crowned extending as faint ribbing down the face. The skin is smooth, thick and tough. The stem is medium to long and moderately slender, set in a deep and narrow basin. Look for some russetting in the cavity.

Characteristics: The yellowish-white (sometimes with red tinges close to the skin) flesh is crisp, firm and juicy. Aromatic and somewhat tart. Resists browning for several hours after being exposed to air.

Uses: Intended as a fresh eating apple, this variety also lends itself to drying for apple rings and chips. It can also be considered for making cider.

Origins: Developed in 1985 from a Kidd's D-8 and Florina cross-pollination at the Fruit and Ornamental Plant Breeding Unit of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Angers (France) and the seedlings were subsequently tested at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's station in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (Canada), then released by the Quebec Apple Breeding Program.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright spreading tree. Bears fruit on spurs as well as young shoots.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: Though very much like the Gala, this variety tends to keep its flavour better in storage.

Vulnerabilities: Highly resistant to scab as well as mildew.

Harvest: Ready for harvest at the end of the fourth period. The fruit will hang on the tree well after maturity.

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Cider, Dessert, Eating

Hardiness Zone min: 4

Hardiness Zone max: 8