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Mela Carla

Dessert apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Said to have originated from Finale Ligure, Trentino or Calabria, Italy. First described in 1817 but thought to be considerably older. Fruits have fine, loose textured, melting, white flesh with a sweet and perfumed flavour.

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Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Broad globose conical 2
medium-large 2
weak 2
Ground Colour
Green yellow 2
Over Colour
Red 2
fine 2
Flesh Colour
White 2

Accession No.
1947 - 004


Accession name
Mela Carla
Flowering time  ›››
2nd May10% flowering
7th MayFull (80%) flowering
16th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Early October 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register