Apple identification please!

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  1. JarBax

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    Three years ago now, I bought an apple tree to replace the rowan I unsuccessfully moved. I purchased it from the wonderful Hopetoun Garden Centre near Edinburgh. They have a 'search and rescue' section, which I do love to browse. There were several apples reduced as the labels had been lost. Being the chancer I can sometimes be, I chose the best looking specimen, and paid �£20 for it.

    The first year, it bore beautiful pink blossom, and them went on to produce 3 fruit. All deep red, and delicious! The second year, there were more, and this year, the best crop yet! We must have had a good 15 giant fruit so far, and there are still plenty left. The fruit is HUGE - I have lost a few branches due to the weight. They are the best apples I have ever tasted! Sweet and juicy, the deep red skin permeates the flesh. I am thrilled that what may have turned out to be a disaster, has become a delight! The apples are ready to eat now (early to mid October).

    An identification would be wonderful!
     
  2. JarBax

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    OOps - I forgot to add the pics! :rolleyes:

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    (sorry about lack of focus on the last one in particular - I forgot I had macro! One of those days!
     
  3. JarBax

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    !!!

    (Would go back and take another - but have eaten the subject matter!)
     
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    Jarbax, if it wasn`t for the flesh colour I would have said it was Spartan. Or another 2 possibles, Red Delicious or Mcintosh. David.
     
  5. Celia

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    Is the juice red? It could be Red Devil.
     
  6. JarBax

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    Yes, when cut into, the juice is red.

    Thanks for the ideas so far! We have narrowed it down to a Spartan or Red Delicious or a McIntosh, or a Red Devil. A friend here told me she thought it was a Pink Lady, but she was really just guessing.

    Any other thoughts anyone?
     
  7. JarBax

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    Just did a quick google image search, and can rule out the Red Delicious, as it is the wrong shape, and the red skin is deeper in tone than the McIntosh.
     
  8. geoffhandley

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    It doesn't look like Spartan to me which is more boxy in shape. Also Spartan has pure white flesh without the staining. I ate one just to check!
     
  9. geoffhandley

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    Could well be Red Devil.
    Look at this site
    http://www.brogdale.org/nfc_plants1.php?plantid=7
    look under National Fruit Collection and type name into search. There is a photo of Red Devil and photos of it cut up.
    Good site but a pain if you try to plough through them all. they have over 1,800 varieties of apples described.
    Oh I see I have linked it to the correct page. Just type the name in.
     
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    "pink lady" are slighly more elongated in shape and not so red.
     
  12. JarBax

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    Hmmmmm!!!

    Thanks so much Geoff for all the input! Great links too, though now I am at a loss (thanks too to miraflores eliminating the pink lady)!

    The blossom is definitely not the same as the, until-then-favorite 'Red Devil' when everything else was pointing to that being the variety! The blossom is what I might describe as a blush -kind of a pale pinky white - pinkish buds becoming paler.

    A real head scratcher so far!
     
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