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Opal® apple



Opal is a modern apple derived from Golden Delicious, and developed in the Czech Republic. It's other parent is Topaz, a well-respected variety also developed in the Czech Republic, which imparts a tart flavor to the sweet crispness of Golden Delicious.  Visually it resembles Topaz, but with an attractive golden yellow flush from Golden Deliciuos which is particularly attractive.

Opal also inherits the good disease resistance of Topaz.  Like Golden Delicious it grows best in warm dry regions.

Opal was introduced in the USA in 2010.  It is a protected variety in both the European Union and USA.  It is not related to the early-season English apple also known as Opal and developed in the 1930s.

Marketing information - OpalApple.com.

Last updated 03 Feb 2013.

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Current rating: 4.8 out of 5. Total votes cast: 10
 

Visitor comments

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01 Mar 2014 
Gorgeous apple on the inside and outside. The ones I picked up were banana yellow, with hints of green and freckles. The flesh has a crisp, juicy crunch. The flavor is distinctly more tart than sweet - which is refreshing. If you like the Honeycrisp, you'll love the Opal. It's one of my new favorites.


31 Jan 2014 
Opal definitely gets my vote for one of the most attractive apples. The size and shape is exactly what you want from an apple and the color is absolutely gorgeous. So many apples marketed as "golden" are more often than not a pale unappetizing greeny-yellow. Not so with the Opal. The skin is a brilliant golden yellow that brings to mind the fruit of folklore and myth. The flavor is quite good but not memorable. You get a little more depth than with say a Honeycrisp or mass produced Golden Delicious. What pulls my ranking down from a 4 to a 3 is the loose density of the flesh; a fault it shares with Honeycrisp. I like my apples dense, with a crisp crunch. Opal feels hard and crunchy but when you bite into it the flesh gives way almost as if you are biting into a cantaloup or melon. Very juicy. This makes it of limited use as a cooking apple (might good for apple sauce). It is also self sterile, which won't please suburban gardeners who only want or have room for one apple tree. Still it is readily available nowadays and definitely a better choice than most other supermarket apples. Reach for it if you can't find any Pink Ladies.


31 Jan 2014 
I'm a manager of a produce department at a small natural foods store. I brought this apple into my store because I had never heard of it and was pleasantly surprised by these guys! Beautiful bright yellow color, the flesh is perfectly crisp and juicy. There is a nice, delicate sweetness to these apples with the most subtle hint or tart in the aftertaste. By far the best fresh eating apple I've had in my store all season. They were a bit expensive, as only one grower, Freshfruits of Washington, currently have the rights to grow it in the US, but absolutely worth it. It's a short growing season, so if you see them show up at your local store, buy a pound or two - you won't be dissapointed! Seriously delicious.


09 Apr 2013 
We found them at Cub Foods a few weeks ago. My wife wanted to try them so we bought a few. They were wonderful. Nice and crunchy with a bite but still very sweet. We went back a week or two later and all were gone. We checked other store but no more in the area.


16 Mar 2013 
The opals I tried were very crunchy and hard with a strong sweet/tart, cider-like flavor. The first one was in-your-face tart, spritely, refreshing, but with good fruitiness. I left the others on the counter to mellow - they were a bit sweeter after a week or so on the counter but still had that intense cider taste.


12 Mar 2013 
Extremely tasty apple, crispy with a light fragrant sweet flavor and clean finish. I look forward to the next season of them. Highly recommend them for eating, still have to try them in cooking.


09 Feb 2013 
This is an extremely good tasting apple. The local newspaper ad had them advertised as "the best tasting apple you have ever had". I thought-yeah, right! Imagine my surprise when I bought some to try and indeed, they are very delicious! Good mix of sweet/tart, and with a great crunch. I actually crave them now. I would love to get my hands on a couple of trees!


04 Feb 2013 
A sweet and crunchy apple. Juicy. Very good. I was attracted to its yellow-gold color. Does not look like the photo here, but it is just like the ones on opalapples.com. Purchased at Busch's market today.



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A modern apple from the Czech Republic, related to Golden Delicious and Topaz.

Opal phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Czech Republic
  • Introduced: 1999
  • Developed by: Institute of Experimental Botany, Prague
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2071

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more

Growing

  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Some skill needed
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Disease resistance

  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Mildew  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Opal identification photos from website visitors


Opal apples
Opal apples

Copyright: Institute of Experimental Botany, Prague


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