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'TOPAZ' X 'GOLDEN DELICIOUS'. COMMUNITY PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS EU 22063 DATED 07.04.2008, U.S. PLANT PATENT PP 16,084 DATED 01.11.2005.

Tree


Diploid, strong, grows like ‘Golden Delicious’.    


Abloom


Medium-early, 1 day before ‘Golden Delicious’, strong flowering, slightly changing like ‘Golden Delicious’.    


Harvest


First half of October, one week after ‘Golden Delicious’, fruit-thinning recommended    


Fit to eat


3 weeks after harvesting    


Yield


Similar to ‘Golden Delicious’s’    


Storability


In natural storage: until the beginning of April    


Fruit





Medium-large, height-width ratio: 0.9, slightly ribbed, stem long and thin. No rough patches on surface, yellowish – greenish colour, yellowing during storage, sometimes slightly orange “blushes”, flesh; yellowish, firm, crunchy, fine-grained, very juicy, balanced sugar-acid ratio, sugar: 13.5% Brix, good aromatic taste


Diseases


Resistant to scurf (V f), moderate mildew tolerance, can develop on shoot tips, no bitter pit found 

  

Comment




The variety is mainly meant for integrated production, but in dry European regions also for organic production. Production requirements are similar to ‘Golden Delicious’s’, but with less pesticides against scab.