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Eden® apple trees

Malus domestica

Eden is a new dual-purpose apple from Canada with a unique characteristic - the flesh does not turn brown when the apple is cut, making it ideal for use in fruit salads.

Eden is pleasant to eat fresh, and the flavour is quite similar to the popular Spartan apple - crisp and sweet (in fact they share a common ancestry).

When cooked, Eden turns into a puree, and does not need extra sugar.

This is also an excellent variety for juicing, partly because the juice stays clearer than most other varieties, but also because of the pleasant sweet flavour of the juice. The juice is a clear pale golden green colour.

Eden apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £44.00
    Very small tree (< 1.7m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £41.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £21.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)

How to grow

Eden is heavy-cropping and generally easy to grow.

It ripens relatively late in the season, and the apples do not fall when ripe, but hang on the tree (known as "persistence") well into early winter. In Canada this feature is being exploited by cider producers to make "ice cider", where the apples are allowed to freeze on the tree before being picked for cider production.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Eden was developed in Canada in the 1970s, and is distantly descended from McIntosh, an old 19th century Canadian variety. The maroon-coloured skin and bright white flesh of McIntosh are frequently found in its descendants, including Eden. The new variety languished, un-named, at the research station until 2000 when a researcher noticed the flesh was remarkably non-browning - the scientific term is non-oxidising. It was then named as Eden and has entered commercial production on a small scale.

Eden characteristics

Using

  • Picking monthOctober
  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryJuiceDryingDual purpose
  • Cooking resultPuree
  • Discoloration of fruitNo discoloration (Good for drying)
  • Juice styleSweeter
  • Juice colourClear

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Bitter pitSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Cold-hardinessCold-hardy
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colourRed / Green
  • Fruit sizeAverage