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Synonyms: Marketed as Sonya

Identification: Medium to large, tall and pear shaped, sometimes with a slight waist near the crown. The skin has a base colour of creamy yellow, over which is an orange graduating to dark red blush covering half or more of the surface. The eye is small and fuly closed. The stem is thin and long, set in a moderatly deep, funnel shaped cavity. Medium thick skin.

Characteristics: The flesh is creamy white, fine grained,firm, crisp. Juicy and exceptionally sweet with no acidity. Flavour sugar cane.

Uses: Intended as a fresh eating supermarket apple.

Origins: Developed in the Central Otago (New Zealand) in 1979 by John McLaren of Southern Trees Limited of Alexandra, New Zealand by cross pollinating Royal Gala and Red Delicious. Released and marketed by Nevis Fruit Company (formed in 1997 with John McLaren as one of the partners) in 2001, the variety is patented and trademarked.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright spreading

Harvest: AIn the last half of the third perioud, about 20 days earlier than Golden Delicious. Requires multiple harvests since not all fruit ripens at the same time. Tends to develop water core at maturity.

Type(s): Eating