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Pollination group:

Improved Dove

Identification: Medium or slightly larger in size and round conic. The base colour is greenish yellow washed red and marked with a dense pattern of deeper red striping. Marked with tiny, light-coloured, russet lenticels. The stem is long and slender, set in a shallow and wide cavity. The calyx is small and tightly closed, set in a small and shallow basin.

Characteristics: The flesh colour is white. Juicy and distinctly tannic with a mildly sweet aftertaste.

Uses: A cider apple too tannic to be enjoyed for eating out of hand.

Origins: A seedling apple grown in Somerset (U.K.) since the early 1900s. Likely derived as a pippin from the Dove apple.

Cultivation: Vigorous, biennial.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

8 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to two months.

Vulnerabilities: Less vulnerable to scab than the parent variety.

Harvest: Starting early in the fifth period.

Juice classification: Mild bittersweet

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Cider

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 10