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Pollination group:


Synonyms: Polka, Ballerina Polka, Scarletspire, Stark Scarlet Spire

Identification: The fruit is medium in size, round and conic in shape, sometimes assymetric. There may be some faint ribbing at the base. The skin is smooth and not greasy. Look for a small amount of russet around the cavity and medium size lenticels. The base colour is green tending to yellow with a red blush covering about three quarters of the surface. The stem is medium length and medium thickness set in a deep and narrow cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is greenish, firm and juicy with good sweet?tart balance.

Uses: Intended as a fresh eating apple.

Origins: This is part of the Ballerina series developed at the East Malling Research Station in Kent, UK, in 1976. It was created by pollinating blossoms of Golden Delicious with pollen from McIntosh Wijick. Initially designated SA 252?107 was renamed Trajan in 1989 and offered on the market under the names Polka and Scarletspire.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, compact columnar tree. The fruit develops on spurs close to the main stem. Biennial.

8 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps two months

Harvest: Starting late in the third period over the

Harvest period: 3

Status: apple

Apples with a similar sounding name:

Type: dessert

characteristics: The flesh is white. Firm and crisp. Juicy, sweet and sprightly.

Synonyms: Marketed as Polka, Scarletspire