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Pollination group:

Kidd’s Orange Red

Synonyms: Delco, Kidd’s Orange, Kidd’s 28

Identification: Medium size apple, slightly conic and lumpy. Skin color is yellow over which is an extensive orange red blush. Look for light russet networking and smallish lenticels. Just prior to ripening, there is often a pink blush over the fruit. The stem is medium length, medium thick.

Characteristics: The flesh is light cream coloured, dense and firm. Crunchy, very juicy. Aromatic, honeyed flavour and sweet, sweeter, in fact, than the Cox, thanks to the red Delicious parent. Leave it on the tree until fully ripe for best flavours.

Uses: Fresh eating apple. Also makes excellent juice and hard cider.

Origins: Developed in 1912 by amateur apple grower James Hutton Kidd of Weirarapa on New Zealand`s North Island from a cross of Cox's Orange Pippin and Delicious. Originally known as the Delco (DELicious, COx). Hutton sold the propagation rights to a nursery in New Plymouth (New Zealand) in the 1930s and it was marketed under the name Kidd's Orange Red.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright spreading spur bearer. Not ideal for wet growing areas. Good cropper, annually but needs to be thinned in order to maintain fruit size. Tolerates hardiness zones 6 to 9.

Ploidism: Partially self fertile but produces best with a pollinator.

Notes: The developer of this apple, James Hutton Kidd, also developed the Gala apple.

16 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps four months in cold storage.

Vulnerabilities: Scab and mildew resistant, but susceptible to canker.

Harvest: Ready for harvest in the middle of the fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

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

Hardiness Zone min: 6

Hardiness Zone max: 9

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 12

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