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Winter Sweet Paradise

Synonyms: Grandmother, Honey Sweet, Paradise Sweet, Paradise Winter Sweet, Pennsylvania Winter Sweet, White Robinson, Wine Sweet, Winter Paradise. Sometimes simply referred to as Paradise. Not the same as Winter Sweet .

Identification: Medium to large size, round. The base colour is greenish yellow when first harvested, maturing in storage to lemon yellow with a pink, sometimes pale brownish blush that streaks across the surface. The stem is slender and short, set in a narrow, russetted cavity. The calyx is small and closed, set in a deep and pleated basin.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, fine-grained, tender and very juicy. Sweet, sprightly and spicy with a pear flavour.

Uses: Dessert, also dried apple rings.

Origins: Originated near the town of Paradise in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.), during the latter half of the 1700s. First documented by Andrew J. Downing in "The Fruit and Fruit Trees of America" in 1845 with the comment "The Winter Sweet Paradise is a very productive and excellent orchard fruit, always fair and of fine appearance. We received it some years ago, along with the Summer Sweet Paradise from Mr. Garber, of Columbia, Pa., and consider it a native fruit."

Cultivation: Vigorous, upright. On its own roots it starts to bear fruit early. Favours elevations over 1,200 feet and grows poorly at lower elevations.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

12 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to three months.

Vulnerabilities: Resistant to scab.

Harvest: Ready for harvest late in the fourth period.

Harvest period: 4

Status: dessert