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Novaspy apple

Last updated 17 Aug 2014.

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Current rating: 3.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 6
 

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22 Mar 2016 
The magic marker words were unclear or I probably wouldn't have bought them as I was seeking Northern Spy. It was very disappointing to bite into it and find instead of the fresh, clean, sprightly flavor I expected a cloying heavy flavor that reminded me of a Delicious apple. The texture is also, although not mealy exactly, softer. I will be sure to avoid this variety in the future. The apples came from Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, Vermont, and I got them at the Hanover Co-op store in Lebanon, New Hampshire. My husband had the same reaction to these apples. We have a Northern Spy tree, but we do not store them over the winter and I am very happy when I can ind them in a store. The Co-op has had real Northern Spys, which I think were from Poverty Lane Orchard in Lebanon, New Hampshire, so I guess I was hopeful that these were the same. Alas, not so. It doesn't taste bad, it just tastes too much like so many others, and there is nothing like a real heirloom spy. I like many kinds of apples: Golden russet and Ashamed kernel, the bright tiny Wickson, Winesap, Spitzenberg, the macoun-macintosh-courtland family in season (not so good after storage), to name a few. And Baldwins, thankfully now showing up occasionally in my neighborhood after too many years of absence.



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Novaspy is a further development of the "Nova" series of apples from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada based in Nova Scotia. As the name suggests it has Northern Spy in its ancestry.

Novaspy phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Nova EasyGro x (Northern Spy x Golden Delicious)
  • Originates from: Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Introduced: 1986
  • Developed by: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Kentville, Nova Scotia
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1816

Using

  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more

Growing

  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999

Disease resistance

  • Fireblight  - Very resistant

Relationships to other varieties

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References and further reading about this variety


Novaspy identification photos from website visitors


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