‘Baya® Franconia’ is an extraordinary apple: Its fruit flesh is bicoloured. Below the skin, the flesh shines deep red. Towards the core, the red turns to a creamy white.
‘Baya® Franconia’ is the worldwide first high quality apple variety with bicoloured fruit flesh.
The play of colours between red and white reminds of the colours of Franconia: That’s why the name ‘Baya® Franconia’.
Most of the red fleshed apple varieties do not store very well, as their fruit flesh turns brown very fast. ‘Baya® Franconia’ is different: The fruit flesh of its fruits does not turn brown during storage. Among the red fleshed apples, it is one of the apples with longest storability and best taste.
The fruit skin is sometimes slightly russeted. Its fruits remind of ‘Red Boskoop’, but they are somewhat smaller (170-190 g, medium sized).
The fruits are ideal for fresh consumption, for cakes and for drying. They are not first choice for juice like ‘Baya® Marisa’ as the juice is not intensively red. The fruits of the two red fleshed varieties can be blent and processed to juice.
Priority of the marketing of ‘Baya® Franconia’ starts in December, when ‘Baya® Marisa’ with its limited storability is not available any more. But of course, the fruits can also be marketed earlier (directly after picking), when there are no ‘Baya® Marisa’ trees in the orchard.
Parentage: ‘Weirouge’ × ‘Pomona’
Breeder: Dr. Michael Neumüller, Bavarian Centre of Pomology and Fruit Breeding, Hallbergmoos, Germany. Plant variety rights are applied for this variety under the designation ‘Bay 4584’.
Tree: Medium growth. Strong pruning, short fruit-wood pruning. Ideal for machine pruning.
Yield: High and very regular. No alternate bearing. Very good fruit bearing. Fruit thinning is therefore essential.
Flower: Diploid. Early flowering time.
Fruit: Picking time 10 days after ‘Royal Gala’. Medium sized (170-190 g), roundish fruit. Dark red overcolour (80 %), lenticells clearly visible. Fruit flesh bicoloured: under the skin dark red, towards the core creamy white. Firm (8.5 kg/cm²). Medium malic acid content (7-8 g/l). High soluble solids content (13.5-14.5 % Brix). Aromatic. From the outward appearance, similar to a small fruit of ‘Red Boskoop’.
Cold storage: temperature: ca. 2-4 °C. For a red fleshed apple, it stores very well (until March).
CA storage: prolongs storage until April.
Diseases: tolerant to apple scab (similar to ‘Pinova’). Slightly cancer prone.
Rating: Tasty, good storing red fleshed apple. High Brix and moderate acid content.
Please notice: Strong thinning essential in order to ensure good fruit size and good colouration of the fruit flesh.