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Apple ‘Baya® Marisa’ – a variety revolutionises the apple world!

A product from nature: ATTRACTIVE

There are red fleshed apples for centuries. The fruits of all previous varieties taste very acid and are therefore only used for juices or jelly.

The Bavarian Centre of Pomology and Fruit Breeding was successful in breeding a red fleshed and tasteful variety: ‘Baya® Marisa’.

‘Baya® Marisa’ resulted from a long breeding process: An acid, but red fleshed variety was crossed with a tasteful dessert apple. As the first variety of a new generation of red fleshed apple varieties, ‘Baya® Marisa’ was selected out of thousands of progenies.

The home of ‘Baya® Marisa’ is the Bavarian Centre of Pomology and Fruit Breeding in Hallbergmoos, Bavaria. The variety feels at home all over the world – and also in your plantation!

A pleasure for all senses: DELICIOUS

‘Baya® Marisa’ is the first red-fleshed apple variety, whose fruits taste so delicious. The attractive colour of its fruit flesh fascinates and invites to eat the apple directly. When consumed fresh, its valuable compounds are best available for the human body.

Apple cake with white and red fleshed apple slices is a culinary and visual highlight. The pastry bakers will be excited!

Jelly and juice are attractively red coloured and give the products a distinctive note. And red cider is the top-class insider’s choice. ‘Baya® Marisa’ apple juice is dark red and has unsurpassed color stability. It can be blended with 25% juice of white-fleshed apples.

Dried apple slices or chips made from ‘Baya® Marisa’ shine out from the conventional products. When offered a broad range, people will take the red slices first!

HEALTHY from the skin to the core

Apples are healthy in diverse ways. One factor contributing to this health value, is the content of red pigments, the Anthocyanins. In red fleshed apples, not only the fruit skin contains such compounds, but the whole fruit flesh.

The red pigments, counting to the group of phenols, have proven to be health beneficial by weakening certain harmful reactions in human cells which may damage the genetic material and thus may lead to cancer (radical scavengers). [1]

The red colour is conserved after processing.

That makes apple products even more attractive and highly enjoyable.

‘Baya® Marisa’ is beneficial for our health, because we eat even more apples since this variety is available. You and your customers will notice that very soon!

1 That can be read for example in: Boyer, J. and Liu, R. H. (2004): Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits. Nutrition Journal, 3:5, DOI: 10.1186/1475-2891-3-5; Gerhauser, C. (2008): Cancer Chemopreventive Potential of Apples, Apple Juice, and Apple Components. Planta Medica 75, DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1088300)
Please notice: We advise against highlighting the beneficial value of single apple varieties too much. The consumers may conclude that other apple varieties are “unhealthy”, which is not the case and not beneficial for the total consumption of apples.


Parentage: ‘Weirouge’ × ‘Zuchtklon 166’

Breeder: Dr. Michael Neumüller, Bavarian Centre of Pomology and Fruit Breeding, Hallbergmoos, Germany. German, Community and Swiss plant variety rights have been granted for this variety under the designation ‘Bay 3484’.

Tree: Medium to strong growth, medium branching density.

Flower: Red colored, very attractive petals. Diploid. Good pollinator. Early flowering time. Thinning needed.

Fruit: Picking time five days later than ‘Gala’. Fruit medium sized or large (190 g), roundish shape. Dark red overcolor (90 %), lenticells clearly visible. Fruit flesh almost completely intensively red colored. Firmness at harvest time about 8 kg/cm². Medium to high malic acid content (8 g/l). High SSC content (13-15 % Brix). Hypoallergenic (Mal d1)!

Cold storage: temperature: ca. 4-5 °C. Stores until the beginning of December.
CA storage: possible until January.
_SmartFresh®_treatment possible, prolongs shelf life and helps to store the fruits four weeks longer.

Diseases: Medium susceptibility to apple scab (similar to ‘Elstar’). Avoid regions with high fire blight incidence. Slightly cancer prone.

Rating: First red fleshed apple variety with dessert fruit quality. Only medium susceptibility to apple scab, but not scab resistant. High yields.

Marketability: Retail price in the region of Munich of 3.00 €/kg (conventional apple varieties 2.20 €/kg).