Rajka is a modern apple variety, developed specifically to be resistant to the main apple diseases, and hence a good choice for the gardener or home orchardist who prefers an organic or un-treated regime. We were one of the first to introduce this variety to the UK.
The fruit is deep-red coloured over a golden yellow background when ripe. The flesh is a creamy-yellow colour and is open-textured, fairly crisp but not too hard, and snaps cleanly when you bite into it. The flavour is sweet, but with good acidity.
Rajka is a useful variety for pressing, the juice is a golden amber colour.
Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.
We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.
Rajka is in flowering group 3. Rajka is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.
Rajka makes an excellent garden apple variety, easy to grow, and crops reliably, but make sure you give it a sunny position to get the best flavour.
Rajka has excellent disease-resistance and produced good quality fruit without any spraying in the poor summers of 2012 and 2013, when many other varieties succumbed to fungal infections brought on by the damp mild conditions.
A particular feature of Rajka is that the apples will hang on the tree for an extended period, which means you can pick as and when you need to.
Rajka was developed at the Institute of Experimental Botany in the Czech Republic in the 1990s. It is the result of a complex breeding programme which incorporated disease resistant characteristics from a number of different varieties, including the crab-apple Malus floribunda as well as mainstream apple varieties with proven scab-resistance. Rajka is distantly related to Lord Lambourne and James Grieve and the flavour is similar.
All our trees are grown in the UK.