Apples II / Malus x domestica

Malus x domestica ‘Ambrosia’ – This apple was discovered as a chance seedling in Cawston, British Columbia. It is essentially a dessert apple (best for fresh eating) with bright reddish-pink skin (over 70-90%) and a pale green background. It is not a good choice for growing in coastal gardens and has a vigorous growth habit. Harvest late September. Stores for 4 months. Zone 4.

Malus x domestica ‘Calville Blanc d’Hiver’ (syn. ‘ Calville Blanc’, ‘Calville’s White Winter’) – This heritage apple originated in Normandy France around 1598 and was grown by King Louis XIII. It is used for the famous ‘Tartes aux Pommes’ and has more vitamin C than the average orange. Also grown at Jefferson’s Monticello in the 1770’s. Harvest late Oct. Stores 3 mths. Z4.

Malus x domestica ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ – This cooking apple was discovered as a chance seedling in Nottinghamshire England around 1809. It is a triploid, meaning that it requires a pollinator and its pollen is essentially sterile. The large green fruits (occasionally with a hint of pink) are some of the best pie apples. Harvest in mid October. Stores for 5 months. Zone 5.

Malus x domestica ‘AURORA GOLDEN GALA’ – This cross of ‘Splendour’ and ‘Gala’ was introduced in 2003 by Agriculture Canada. It was named through a nationwide contest and features ‘Gala’-shaped fruits with yellow skin and a light pink blush. The flesh is crisp with a sweet flavour and improves with storage. Harvest in early October. Stores for 6 months. Zone 4.

Malus x domestica ‘World #1′ (syn. Sekai-ichi’) – Introduced in 1984 by the Aomori Apple Research Station in Japan. This ‘Delicious’ x ‘Golden Delicious’ cross produces some of the world’s largest apples, up to 2lbs each. The skin colour varies from nearly red to to reddish-pink stripes over pale green depending on sun exposure. Harvest early to mid Oct. Stores 4 months. Zone 5.

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