I was contacted recently by John Caesar, who lives near Lincoln. He sent some fascinating pictures of an
apple chimera he found in a pack of Gala apples from a supermarket, which are shown below.
A chimera is a plant with regions characteristic of both parents. Famous chimeras are
broom-laburnam, hawthorn-medlar, and many ornamental variegated plants, but chimeras in
apple fruits are rare; this is the first one I've seen. It obviously represents a mistake in growth by the
The parents of Gala are Kidd's Orange Red and Golden Delicious. The non-Gala part of the apple looks very like Kidd's Orange:
To my surprise I found some chimeras from my Allens Everlasting tree - most of the apples are entirely russet, but a few of them are half russet, half not. The russet halves have the best flavour; the smooth parts are rather watery.
UPDATE.... PINK LADY CHIMERA
An interesting picture of an apple chimera from a commercial pack of Pink Lady; picture sent by Andrea Meek of Victoria, Australia. Reproduced by permission....many thanks, Andrea.
15 Aug 13
There's quite a good article on chimeras in Wikipedia, and there is a discussion about chimeras in
potatoes (Golden Wonder / Langworthy) on this site. Click on the link Potatoes and Dragons to see this. A couple more pictures on this site here.
You'll find more pictures if you type the words
into a search engine.
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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