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Red Love Apple: Varieties, Taste And Cultivation

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The Red love apple owes its name to its dark red flesh. We will introduce you to the apple and its special features when it comes to cultivation and care. Red love apples are often considered to be particularly sour and inedible. It is different from the apple varieties, which are summarized under the name ‘Red flesh’: Thanks to years of breeding work, the apples shine not only because of their distinctly red-colored flesh but also because of their pleasant taste. In this article, we’ll tell you what distinguishes the Red love apples and which varieties belong to them.

Red love apple: history and origins

Red-fleshed apples are a real eye-catcher with their color, but often quite sour. For this reason, the plant breeder Markus Kobelt has set himself the task of developing a red-fleshed apple variety that can shine not only because of its color but also because of its taste. According to their own statements, it took almost 20 years with targeted crossbreeding and selection until the ‘Red love Circe’, the first red-fleshed table apple, came onto the market in 2009.

The heart-shaped marbling of the pulp is typical of Redlove apples

Different varieties of Red love apples

To date, eight different Red flesh apple varieties have come on the market, all of which differ in certain characteristics. However, the similarities outweigh the differences. All Red flesh apples are characterized by their red flesh, which has a heart-shaped pattern in the longitudinal section. The red color of the pulp is due to the anthocyanin content being 30 to 40 times higher than that of other apple varieties.

The anthocyanins not only ensure the distinctive color but also act as antioxidants. As a result, the pulp not only hardly browns when it comes into contact with air, it is also particularly healthy for us. The pink to dark red apple blossoms are also a typical feature of the Red flesh varieties. In addition, all currently available Red love varieties are considered resistant to scab. The breeder is also currently working on the development of fire-blight-resistant varieties.

Red love Odysso

The ‘Red love Odysso’ is particularly known for its large fruits and its pleasantly mild taste.

  • Appearance and shape: Large, tall fruits; an extremely high proportion of dark red covering color when fully ripe and slightly russeted.
  • Pulp: Firm, fine-celled pulp with a high degree of juiciness.
  • Taste: In addition to ‘Red love Kohlhaas’, one of the sweetest Red love apples with high sugar content and low acidity.
  • Growth: medium to strong, upright, slender growth with a final height of 3 to 4 m; weak to medium branching.
  • Forms of cultivation: Suitable for low-stem, espalier fruit, or half-stem.
  • Location: sunny to partially shaded location; nutrient-rich, humus garden soil preferred, depending on the substrate.
  • Flowers: Pink flowers from April to May.
  • Care: Due to the low branching, regular pruning is recommended.
  • Health: Good frost resistance; scab resistant, little mildew.
  • Harvest: Ripe for picking from the beginning of October, ripe for consumption from mid/late October.
  • Storage: If stored correctly, it can be kept until April.

The apples of the 'Red love Odysso' are particularly dark red in color

Red love Era

Since 2010, ‘Red love Era’ has been particularly convincing with its berry aroma and is ideal for direct consumption.

  • Appearance and shape: medium-sized, round fruits; The shell is almost fluorescent and shows slight russeting.
  • Pulp: Firm, medium-cell pulp with a fine texture.
  • Taste: Sweet and sour apple with a balanced acid-sugar ratio; pleasant berry aroma and surprisingly rounded taste.
  • Habit: Slow-growing, high-spherical tree crown; low to medium branching.
  • Forms of cultivation: Suitable for low-stem, espalier fruit, or half-stem.
  • Location: sunny to partially shaded.
  • Flowers: Pink flowers from April to May, particularly fertile.
  • Health: Scab Resistant.
  • Harvest: Ripe for picking and consumption from mid-September.
  • Storage: If stored correctly, it can be kept until December.

The fruits of the 'Red love Era' are medium-sized

Red love Circe

Anyone looking for an early-ripe, red-fleshed apple variety is well advised with the ‘Red love Circe’ – the juicy apples are ready to eat from mid-August.

  • Appearance and shape: medium-sized, round fruits; smooth, almost fluorescent skin with a high proportion of dark red covering color when fully ripe without rusting.
  • Pulp: Firm, juicy pulp in a beautiful shade of pink.
  • Taste: Refreshing taste with a slight sweetness and a little acidity, light perfume, and wonderful aroma.
  • Habit: Medium-strong to strong, semi-upright, slender habit with a final height of 3 to 4 m.
  • Forms of cultivation: Suitable for low-stem, espalier fruit or half-stem
  • Location: sunny to partially shaded location; Nutrient-rich and humus garden soil preferred, depending on the substrate.
  • Flowers: Pink flowers from April to May, very fertile.
  • Health: Scab Resistant.
  • Harvest: Ripe for picking and consumption from mid-August.
  • Storage: If stored correctly, it can be stored until September.

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Red love Calypso

Small, but powerful – the small apples of the ‘Red love Calypso’ may look inconspicuous at first, but convince with their special aroma.

  • Appearance and shape: Small, rounded to flattened fruits; Green base color with up to 70% dark red covering color and slight russeting.
  • Pulp: very firm, the fine-celled pulp that does not lose its structure during storage; particularly juicy.
  • Taste: Particularly aromatic taste with a sweet and sour note.
  • Growth: weak to medium-strong with good branching; Final size about 3 to 4 m.
  • Forms of cultivation: Suitable for low-stem, espalier fruit, or half-stem.
  • Location: Can be cultivated up to medium altitudes; preferably nutrient-rich soil, depending on the substrate; preferably sunny or partially shaded location.
  • Flowers: carmine-red flowers from April to May.
  • Health: Scab Resistant.
  • Care: Tends to alternate, cutting and thinning should therefore be done carefully.
  • Harvest: Ripe for picking from mid-September; Ripe for consumption about 1 to 3 weeks later; does not develop its full aroma until it is stored.
  • Storage: If stored correctly, can be stored until November.

The pulp of the 'Red love Calypso' is also strikingly colored

Red love Kohlhaas

‘Red love Kohlhaas’ is still considered the mildest of the Red love apples and has a particularly beautiful red and white marbling of the flesh.

  • Appearance and shape: Small fruits with a cylindrical, elongated exterior; dark red body color.
  • Pulp: white-red marbled with good firmness; particularly juicy, at harvest time the casing is also often full of juice.
  • Taste: Particularly mild and sweet with high sugar content, almost like fruit juice.
  • Growth: weak to medium-strong growth with good branching.
  • Cultivation forms: high trunk, half trunk.
  • Location: sunny to partial shade; humic and nutrient-rich soil is optimal, can vary due to refinement on different substrates.
  • Flowers: Pink flowers in May, extremely fertile.
  • Health: Scab resistant, little mildew.
  • Harvest: Ripe for picking and consumption from mid-September.
  • Storage: If stored correctly, best before Christmas.

Red love Lollipop

Pink flowers, pink pulp, and particularly juicy – the apples in the ‘Red love Lollipop’ are particularly pretty and delicious.

  • Appearance and shape: very small, rounded, regularly shaped apple; When fully ripe, the skin is pink-red in color.
  • Pulp: The pulp is marbled to match the skin; firm and crisp pulp; particularly fine-celled with a lot of juice.
  • Taste: Very sweet aroma, hardly any acidity.
  • Habit: Slow, good branching; Final height approx. 3 m.
  • Cultivation forms: high trunk, low trunk, trellis, half trunk.
  • Location: Sunny and shady location with nutrient-rich, humus garden soil; Soil requirements are influenced by the respective finishing underlay.
  • Flowers: Pink flowers from mid-April to late May.
  • Health: Scab resistant, little susceptible to powdery mildew.
  • Harvest: Ripe for picking and consumption from the end of August.
  • Storage: Can only be stored for a few days; stays fresh on the tree until the end of September.

The flowers of the 'Red love Lollipop' are colored intensely pink

Red love everyone’s

The ‘Red love Jedermann’s’ appeals to almost every gardener with its mild, sweet taste and impresses with its easy cultivation.

  • Appearance and shape: Large apple with a distinct red color when fully ripe.
  • Pulp: Crunchy, firm pulp; very juicy.
  • Taste: Sweet with mild acidity and hardly any astringency, so hardly any furry or astringent feeling on the tongue in the finish; round, full-bodied aroma.
  • Habit: medium-strong with good branching; flat side shoots; Final height 2 to 3 m.
  • Cultivation forms: low trunk, trellis, half trunk.
  • Location: Full sun to partial shade; Soil should be rich in nutrients and humus – may vary depending on the processing material.
  • Flowers: Pink flowers from around mid-April to the end of May.
  • Health: Scab Resistance.
  • Harvest: Ripe for picking and consumption from mid to late September.
  • Storage: If stored correctly, it can be kept until January.
Tip: All Red love varieties prefer nutrient-rich soil. Therefore, before you plant the apple tree, it is especially important to thoroughly prepare the site. Especially if the soil in the garden is rather poor in nutrients, it can make sense to upgrade the new place of the tree with good garden soil. Thanks to the optimal nutrient composition, the earth ensures a particularly good start at the new location.

Use red flesh apples

As a red-fleshed apple variety, the appearance of the Red love varieties is a big plus. The apples can also convince with another property: In contrast to many other red-fleshed apple varieties, the red flesh apples are also wonderfully suitable for fresh consumption or as table fruit due to their milder taste.

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The red color of the apples is retained even during processing

But their red pulp also makes them ideal for other tasks. In this way, the red coloring remains even during processing, which is why the Red flesh apple varieties are particularly popular for baking or canning to create colorful eye-catchers. In addition, their juice has an appealing red color – Red love apples are therefore often used as cider apples.

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