Ambrosia Apple Trees
Ambrosia Apple tree is a native Apple tree variety from Okanagan, British Columbia. It is a protected variety and its sale is prohibited for home garden use or for propagation and it is protected under the Canadian Breeder’s Act 388. This variety is not available to private users. This variety was discovered by the Mennell family in the Similkammeen valley in around 1990s as an unusual apple with an unusual taste. Cultivar type is Orange Pippin Cultivar. Botanical name is Malus Domestica. It is thought to be developed as a new variety that appeared as a chance seedling in the field of Jonagold apples. The chance seedling then grew to a healthy apple tree which became a popular variety in no time.
The relishing Ambrosia apples have conquered all other varieties of apple with its original and unique taste and aroma. The Cultivar of Ambrosia apples is Orange Pippin and it was discovered by Wilfred Keremeos. The Ambrosia variety is estimated to be evolved from Delicious, Golden delicious or the Jonagold – its probable parent. Its parentage is also linked to starking gold bred with Golden delicious. Ambrosia apples are medium to large sized apples with uniform symmetry. Color of the apple is red with pink or blush stripes interfering in between. Color of the flesh is cream. The apple in itself is having an extremely juicy, sweet, crisp, and sub acidic taste. The apples are filled with healthy nutrients such as antioxidants, cholesterol dissolving fibers and pectin which are very healthy for human heart.
How to grow?
Ambrosia apple tree propagation is done by the usual method of grafting. The flowering period of Ambrosia apple tree is from mid-late season. The growth rate is average and virtually slows down during the fruiting season. The color of the bloom is white. The trees grow upright with spur formation. An ambrosia apple tree grows best in temperate climate. It grows best during winters but growth recedes during snowing or frost conditions. Ambrosia plant reaches to a height of about 3 – 3.6 m. The trees grow much better in soils that are fumigated. Ambrosia apple trees require warm sun and breezy nights while maturing. Branches of Ambrosia trees are very weak hence proper care and attention needs to be given much before spurious branching takes place. The best part of this variety is that it is disease resistant till date. The variety is self – fertile but better results can be achieved through insect pollination. Pollination is achieved through butterflies, birds and bees. Planting is normal like for other apple trees.
Growth characteristics of different parts of the plant are:
Root – Intermediate, Upright with medium branching. Predominance of formation of bodies known as spurs.
Shoot – Weak pubescence with medium shine of the bark. Mean diameter is 5.5 mm with average flexibility and medium sized lenticels. The shape of the bud on the shoot is pointed and is appressed.
Flower – Produce single flowers with broad elliptic petals.
Leaf – Concave shape with weak anthocyanin content in the veins. Orientation is up and out with glossiness on the upper side.
Fruit – Globose fruit with waxiness on the skin. Flesh is cream to soft yellow. Red colored blush on fruit. Fruit matures in third week of September. Juiciness is medium and medium time of turning of the flesh into brown color.
Ambrosia apple trees grows best in moist, organic, well – drained and slightly acidic salt with a pH of 6- 6.8. The soil line needs to be kept at the level of propagating material. The soil must not be too dry. The tree prefers moderate soil moisture. It is sufficient to give water in a span of 2-3 weeks, however in rail prevailing areas; irrigation is not required as such.
The unique taste of Ambrosia apples makes it a number one choice among cooks. These apples are used to make yummy salads, pies, dessert or could be relished even when it is raw. Some of the popular recipes with famous Ambrosia apples are Coleslaw, Ambrosia Cake, Ambrosia Torte, Ambrosia waffles etc.
Where to Find Ambrosia Apple Trees for Sale
Ambrosia apples are a native of Canada and are seldom available in the Canadian market. These apples can also be bought over the internet. There is no compromise in the quality of the product from the listed sites.
However, Ambrosia trees are patented and hence are not available to everyone. Special licensing is required to grow these trees.
The Ambrosia trees appear to be quite resistant varieties. They can well tolerate stress conditions like frost, cold and heat. Ambrosia apple trees are combined with varieties such as Ottawa 3, M 26 and B9 with the rootstock that results in growth of vigorous and upright apple trees that are hardy to stress factors.
Why Ambrosia is referred to as the God of Apples?
Ambrosia apples are often referred by people as the God of apples. These apples have a sweet honey like aroma. The flesh is so tender and smooth that you will love taking bites again and again. The skin of the apple is very smooth with a bright red to pink color in appearance that comes in a cream colored background. The taste is sweet and has low acidic flavor. They do not turn brownish in color when left exposed to air for quite an amount of time. The apple is very sweet and for this reason it is seldom used for making pies, deserts, salads, juices etc. The skin has a gloss with 90% bright red colored blush.
Patent for Ambrosia apple trees
United States has patented its unique apple variety – Ambrosia on February 6, 1999. The patent number is PP 10,789. The invention patented because of its unusual type and chance seedling. The parentage plant from which it is derived (Golden Delicious and Starking delicious) still remains unpatented. The variety Ambrosia was produced by formation of chance seedling by asexual reproduction. The inventors are Mennell, Beth, Wilfred, John Mennell and Sally. It is a native of British Columbia, Canada and Cawston.