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 apples are a deep-red colored over a golden yellow background when ripe. The flesh is a creamy-yellow color and is open-textured, fairly crisp but not too hard, and snaps cleanly when you bite into it. The flavor is sweet, but with good acidity.
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Rajka makes an excellent garden apple variety, and the built-in disease-resistance makes it a good variety if you prefer to grow apples without spraying.
Rajka is easy to grow, and crops reliably. The fruit will hang on the tree for an extended period, which means you can pick as and when you need to.
Rajka prefers a sunny position in order to get the best flavour.
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Rajka was developed in the Czech Republic in the 1990s, the result of a complex breeding programme which incorporated disease resistant characteristics from a number of different varieties. Rajka is distantly related to Lord Lambourne (and hence James Grieve), and the flavour is somewhat similar.