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Jersey Mac

Synonyms: Jerseymac

Identification: Medium to large apples, flat round and uniform in shape, sometimes asymmetric. Yellow base colour completely washed with dark blueish red. Very small lenticels. The stem is moderately long, heavy.

Characteristics: A McIntosh style apple. Greenish white flesh, soft, fine grained and juicy. Well balanced sweet and tart, fragrant. Flavour is at its peak for about a week after picking and then gradually declines.

Uses: Usually eaten fresh, but also widely used in pies and sauces. Some cider makers like to use Jersey Mac, blending about 15 per cent into their mix for sweetness and a rich gold colour.

Origins: Developed in 1971 at Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station in New Jersey (U.S.A.) by crossing NJ-24 ( Melba , Wealthy , Starr and Red Rome) with July Red .

Cultivation: Hardy, moderately vigorous, upright spreading tree. Generally grows best at higher elevations. Produces annual heavy crops. which are ready starting in the middle of the third period and often requires several pickings. Fruit drop can be a problem when weather turns too hot. Tolerant of Hardiness Zones 5 to 8.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Cold storage: Keeps up to four weeks in cold storage.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to scab.

Harvest: Ready for harvest starting in the middle of the third period and often requires several pickings. Fruit drop can be a problem when weather turns too hot.

Harvest period: 3

Type(s): Cider, Dessert, Eating, Pie, Sauce

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 8

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