Pomiferous

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Pollination group:

Melba

Identification: Medium, round to slightly conic. Ribbed and crowned. Thick skin is pale yellow over with are pale red flushes and dark red stripes. Sparsely marked with indistinct, light-coloured lenticels. The calyx is small and open, set in a narrow and moderately shallow basin which is often ribbed. The stem is short and stout, set in a moderately deep and wide cavity. Develops a fine bloom on the skin when almost ripe.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, tender and melting. Juicy, sweet, slightly tart, with aromas of strawberry.

Uses: A good late-summer dessert apple, also used for cooking and juice.

Origins: Developed from an open-pollinated McIntosh in 1898 by William T. Macoun at the Central Experiment Farm near Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). The pollen parent is believed to have been Livland Raspberry . Released in 1924.

Cultivation: Hardy, moderately vigorous, upright spreading tree. Bears fruit on spurs. Starts to produce as a young tree, but has a tendency to become biennial. Needs warm summers to ripen, though unseasonably warm weather during final ripening tends to soften the apple to make it less than palatable. Blossoms can tolerate late frosts.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Progeny: Caravel , Silva , Beverly Hills , Jamba 69 , Ranger , Pirja

Mutations: Red Melba , Hunter Melba

Cold storage: Will keep only a couple of weeks in cold storage.

Vulnerabilities: Slightly prone to canker but resistant to scab and apple rust.

Harvest: Ready for harvest in the middle of the fourth period but must be picked over several sessions because the apples ripen at different times. Fruit drops when ripe.

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Cooking, Dessert, Juice

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 8

ARS GRIN entry: Accession ID


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Associated apples:

Belmac
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Type: Culinary, Dessert, Pie, Sauce

summary: A Mac-style apple but more hardy and disease resistant.

Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills
Type: Eating, Pie, Sauce

characteristics: The flesh is white, very tender, fine textured and juicy. Sweet with wine and strawberry flavours. Sprightly. Very short storage period.

Synonyms: Beverley Hills

Britegold
Type: Dessert

characteristics: The flesh is creamy yellow, slightly coarse, tender and juicy. Sweet and sprightly.

Caravel
Caravel
Type: Dessert, Eating

characteristics: The flesh is creamy and very firm. Often stained wine red next to the skin. Juicy and sweet with an almond flavour. Sprightly.

Synonyms: Portia

Garland
Type: Eating

summary: A McIntosh style of apple ready for harvest in early fall.

MacExel or MacExcel
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Type:

characteristics: The flesh is creamy white and mild. Keeps up to two months in cold storage.

Morden 363
Type: Dessert

characteristics: The flesh is cream-coloured. Firm and somewhat tart.

Murray
Type: Dessert

characteristics: The flesh is white, soft and fine-grained. Juicy and sharp.

NJ 25
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Type: Eating

characteristics: The flesh is cream coloured with red stains under the skin. Firm and crisp. Juicy, sweet and tart, raspberry flavours.

Synonyms: Raritan

Ranger
Ranger
Type: Dessert, Eating

characteristics: The flesh is white, soft and tender. Juicy, sweet and almost no acidity and mild flavour.

Redfree
Type: Dessert

summary: See Co-op 13

Silva
Silva
Type: Dessert

characteristics: Juicy and sweet with strawberry flavours.

Vista Bella
Type: Eating

summary: Ripening in mid-summer, this early-season Mac-style dessert apple is surprisingly crisp, crunch and juicy.

Synonyms: Vistabella, Vistamac