Our apples - Les pommiers de chez nous

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A description of over 250 apple cultivars grown in Eastern and Central Canada, Description de plus de 250 varits de pommiers cultivs dans la rgion Centrale et de

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Our Apples is the most authoritative illustrated book of apple varieties yet produced. It describes 254 apple varieties grown in Eastern and Central Canada. It also gives a list of alternate names which have been used to describe these varieties over time. The book will prove useful to those involved in apple growing and culture and to apple breeders who need regional information to help in the selection of breeding parents.

The presence of more than 400 high quality images of fruits, flowers and leaves along with a detailed written description of each variety makes this book a useful tool for identifying apple cultivars. Symbols have been added to quickly distinguish cultivars with specific characteristics such as winter hardiness, apple scab resistance, McIntosh type fruit, and usefulness as rootstocks or ornamentals. Varieties which can be used to make juice or cider, and those useful for processing have also been identified by a symbol. Information on ove! r 1400 apple cultivars can be obtained from Pedigree, A Genetic Resource Inventory System. This computer program was developed to trace characteristics, view images and draw pedigrees of 37 different types of horticultural fruit crops.

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In 1995/1996, we had the opportunity to conduct a survey with the Quebec Apple Growers Federation to identify the cultural, environmental and/or cultivar/rootstock combinations which were responsible for apple tree mortality during the very cold winter of 1993/1994. While collecting this data, we were quite surprised to see the diversity of cultivars and rootstocks growing in the 330 apple orchards that we visited. We observed more than 125 different apple varieties being grown in these orchards.

At the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada station in Frelighsburg, we had more than 300 cultivars which had been planted by Drs. G. Rousselle and R. Granger to use as parents in an apple breeding program. Most of the varieties described in this book were either evaluated at our station in Frelighsburg or examined in one or more of the Quebec orchards in which the winter injury study was performed.

It took four years to collect the regional data and prepare the image archive to complete this publication. Most of the images were taken in Quebec during the months of August to October. The fruit were not polished before taking the pictures except for the cut fruit, calyx and stem end view for which a polished apple (bloom removed) was used. Variations in shape, size and color of individual apples are to be expected since these characteristics depend on many factors such as the amount of pruning, the type of training system used, the use of chemicals such as plant growth regulators, and many other cultural practices. The information in this book and information on over 1400 apple genotypes is available on CD.

The apple varieties described in are remarkably diverse in terms of color, taste, storage capabilities, shape, end use, and disease resistance. We hope that this information will encourage the reader to try new and old varieties alike. The choice will ultimately depend on the climatic region where the tree is to be grown and on other factors such as disease resistance, ease of cultivation, and end use.

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