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Silken

Synonyms: Tested as 8S-04-33

Identification: Medium size and oblong, slightly conic with slight ribbing and a barely discernible crown. Occasionally lopsided. White gold to ivory colour sometimes with a faint pink blush on the sun-exposed side. There is typically some russetting in the stem basin, but this rarely extends out over the shoulder. The lenticels are small and green on immature fruit but barely visible once the apple is ripe. The stem is long and set in a moderately deep, funnel shaped cavity. The calyx is small, closed and set in a shallow basin.

Characteristics: The flesh is a translucent cream colour, firm, crisp and juicy. Sweet and moderately tart with good aromatics.

Uses: Created as a supermarket apple, but seems to do best in market and farmgate sales where its flavour and texture are best appreciated.

Origins: Developed in 1982 by W.D. Lane and R.A. MacDonald at the Summerland Research Station (now called the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre) in Summerland, British Columbia (Canada), by crossing Honeygold and Sunrise. Released in 1999.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous and spreading tree that bears fruit on spurs. Precocious. Fruit tends to set abundantly at blossom and needs to be thinned for best size. Fruit drop at maturity is a problem. Slightly prone to sunburn.

Ploidism: Partially self fertile but produces best in proximity to a source of suitable pollen.

Notes: Because of its colouring, the fruit is often picked under-ripe at a time when the flavours are not yet fully developed.

12 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps two to three months in cold storage.

Vulnerabilities: Highly susceptible to scab and rust, less so to mildew.

Harvest: Ready for harvest after the start of the third period. For the best quality, it can be harvested in several pickings over a 10-day period.

Status: dessert

Pollination group: B

Pollination day: 6


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