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Sabina

Synonyms: Tested as SPA343.

Identification: Medium size, round. Base colour is yellow, blushed dark red over the sun exposed surface and marked with scattered, light colours streaking. The skin is somewhat rough and moderately thick. Some russetting at the stem cavity and on the lenticels. Russet can become a problem in moist growing areas. The calyx is small and closed, set in a shallow, wide basin. The stem is moderately long, set in a deep and narrow cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellowish, firm, juicy, sweet-tart. Flavourful with hints of almond. Resists browning when exposed to air.

Origins: A cross of Sandow and Schöner aus Nordhausen developed in 1979 by W.D. Lane and H. Schmidt at the Summerland Research Station (now called the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre) in Summerland, British Columbia (Canada). In 1996, on the basis of its properties, the cultivar was advanced to rigorous testing in British Columbia, Quebec, at Michigan State University and in France. Named in honour of Dr. Sabina Stan for her contribution to the development of this apple.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, spur bearer. Tolerates Hardiness Zone 4.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: Suitable for farm gate sales and U-pick operations. The apple was intended for supermarket sales but tendency to russet does not favour the variety for that market.

16 weeks

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

Vulnerabilities: Somewhat resistant to scab.

Harvest: Requires three picking events, starting in the early part of the fifth period. No tendency to drop fruit before harvest.

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Dessert

Hardiness Zone min: 4

Hardiness Zone max: 4

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 10


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