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Synonyms: Marketed as Nicola. Sometimes called N'kwala.

Summary: Large, crisp and sweet apple fruit, ripens late season

Identification: Large size and round to round conic in shape. Usually quite symmetrical, but sometimes lopsided. Faint ribbing and crowned. The base skin colour is gold which is covered more than half with a cherry red blush. Some russetting radiates out from the stem cavity to the shoulder but tends to be more prominent when this apple is grown in cool, wet conditions. Young trees bearing fruit for the first and second period often produce heavily russetted apples, less so as the tree matures. Sparse light coloured lenticels. The stem is long and thin, set in a deep and narrow cavity. The calyx is moderately large and closed, set in a shallow, wide basin which is surrounded by a weak crown.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellowish and soft though somewhat coarse texture, crisp, moderately sweet, juicy. Tends to be starchy and astringent when first picked and needs four to six weeks in storage to mature to full sweetness and aroma.

Uses: Intended as a supermarket eating apple.

Origins: This was one of three seedlings selected from among 800 pippins grown from a cross of Splendour with Kidd's D.8 (better known as Gala) in 1981 by David Lane at the Summerland Research Station (renamed the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in 1996) in Summerland, British Columbia (Canada). It was selected on the for further testing and assigned the breeder's number 8S-26-10 in 1988. Released in 2005. The two other seedlings from this cross were later released as Aurora Golden Gala and Salish.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright spreading tree with rounded crown. Bears fruit on spurs and short shoots. Requires blossom thinning for best fruit.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

20 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to five months in cold storage. After this, the fruit is still in good shape, but the flavours become bland and lacking sweetness. decline rapidly.

Harvest: Ripens middle of fifth period, but requires two pickings five days apart.

Harvest period: 5

Type(s): Dessert, Eating

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 12


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Type: Dessert

characteristics: The flesh is yellowish, firm, crisp, and crunchy. Juicy, sweet and slightly tart. The flesh tends to brown quickly when exposed to air.

Synonyms: SPA 493