Red Fleshed Apples - Rubaiyat

One of the 'Rosetta' apples rescued by Ram Fishman from the remains of the Albert Etter experimental orchard in Ettersberg, California. The blossom is quite late, very pretty, and one of the last apples in the orchard to show; just a few days before King Edward VII.

The foliage is susceptible to mites.

First fruit, on a very small tree, were intensely red-fleshed and tiny, sweet and crunchy, and about the size of crab apples; fully ripe early November and kept in good condition for about a month. In the second picture below the apples are (clockwise from top left): Maypole, Maypole, Rubaiyat, George's Red, George's Red. Rubaiyat on a tree in a pot in the third picture; looks as if it might have a columnar growth habit.

It appears to be an interesting novelty rather than a useful variety at this stage (it's only fruited once). The flavour isn't really like an apple; strong hints of other fruit including blackcurrant.

FRUIT 2012

Rubaiyat, red-fleshed apple.... Rubaiyat, red-fleshed apple.... Rubaiyat, red-fleshed apple....

Rubaiyat, tiny red-fleshed apple.... Rubaiyat, tiny sweet red-fleshed apple

FRUIT 2013

Rubaiyat, red-fleshed apple.... Rubaiyat, red-fleshed apple

FRUIT 2015
Colouring up well this year, and better flavour; good balance of acid and sugar; only slightly tart, with hints of berries and other fruit. Did well in our tastings of later varieties (8 nov 8 - 24 nov). Better than Grenadine this year.

Rubaiyat, red-fleshed apple


Rubaiyat, red-fleshed apple blossom.... Rubaiyat, red-fleshed apple blossom after about a week....

compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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