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Scarlet Surprise apple



This is an American variety, also known as Bill's Redflesh and Firecracker, and one of the most extreme examples of a red-fleshed apple variety.  The red tendency dominates this apple, with not only the skin and flesh but also the leaves, wood, and blossoms all having a very pronounced red stain to them.

The apples are fairly small, round-conical and often slightly elongated in shape, usually about two inches in diameter, and two and a quarter inches deep. The stalk is of medium length, fairly thick, in a shallow cavity, projecting beyond the base. The skin is wholly red and smooth, sometimes with pale dots (lenticels). The flesh is deep pink to red, soft, and tender; the juice is sweet and tart. The eye is closed and there is little or no cavity. The appearance is very similar to Almata (also American) and Huonville Crab (Australian). There are apples in most years, though there is some tendency to be biennial.

This apple is more acidic than most dessert varieties, having an intense sharp brisk flavour. It keeps in good condition for about a week. After this time the acidity declines and the apple begins to shrink slightly. After a fortnight the acidity is less pronounced, the taste is sweeter and the texture rather soft and doughy.

The tree is slender and partial tip-bearing. The blossom is wholly red, new leaves are bronze-coloured, and the wood is red-stained. The flowering period is extremely early; about 20 days earlier than Bramley. It is one of the first apple trees in the orchard to flower. It is a very poor pollinator. The tree grows rapidly and vigorously.

We are grateful to Nigel Deacon, an English apple enthusiast with a particular interest in red-fleshed apple varieties, for samples and background of this apple variety. There are details of many more red-fleshed apples on his website and he can supply / exchange seeds and scionwood - see Diversity website.

Description by: .    Last updated 09 Dec 2012.

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03 Dec 2012 
You could try one of the new red-fleshed apples from Lubera - it is a series called Redlove. http://www.dobies.co.uk/Garden/Fruit/Fruit+Trees/Apple+Trees/list.htm


27 Nov 2012 
Yes, this is the one registered by Stark Brothers. I prefer the name 'Scarlet Surprise' but it is known as Bill's Redflesh and (more recently) Firecracker in some circles. Until cut through it can't be readily distinguished from 'Almata' but the flesh colour is darker in most years.


07 Jun 2011 
Stark Brothers lists both Scarlet Surprise and Bill's Red Flesh on the tags for this tree.


14 May 2011 
Is this the same 'Scarlet Surprise' that is registered by Stark Brothers, or is it the unregistered one that is also known as 'Bill's Red Flesh' and 'Firecracker', and was introduced by either Bill Schulz or Oregon State University? Any clarification on this point is welcome!



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One of the most striking examples of a red-fleshed apple variety.

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: United States
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1567

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week

Growing

  • Flowering period: Early season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid Un-confirmed but probable triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Some skill needed
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer

See also:

Scarlet Surprise identification photos from website visitors


Scarlet Surprise - flesh
Scarlet Surprise - flesh


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France

  • Sylveno in LE FRAYSSé, TARN

India



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