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Modi® apple

Malus domestica

Modi is a modern disease-resistant apple developed in Italy in the late 1990s. It has a dark red skin and creamy flesh - reminscent of its parent, Liberty and Gala. This is a very crisp / crunchy apple. The flavor is sweeter than Gala, but also has plenty of acid.

Modi ripens quite early but can easily be kept for 6 months in commercial storage.

Modi is now produced in many of the warm-climate apple-growing areas, including Australia, Chile, and California - this is a variety that likes warm temperatures.

The name 'Modi' was apparently inspired by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, known as 'Modi' to his friends. His portraits often featured strong colors - and the Modi apple is also known for its deep red color.

You can find out more on the Modi website.

USDA identification images for Modi

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Introduced: 2007
    • Developed by: Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV)


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Cropping: Good
    • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
    • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Juice style: Sweeter


    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading / Vase
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable


    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): (8) 10F / -12C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Hot (>30C / 86F)


    • Country of origin: Italy
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark

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