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This variety is very common in older Latvian orchards. It was obtained by Peter Gideon in Minnesota, USA, in 1868. Already in the 19th century ‘Wealthy’ was introduced to Estonia and Northern Latvia where is was propagated with the name ”Rose apple from Dorpat”. Only since 1930ties it was grown in Latvia under its true name. More widely the variety was planted after 2nd World War, when it was recommended for growing as highly productive and hardy. Unluckily, the abundant yields often broke the branches, and apples without thinning were small and with poor taste. The fruits drop easily, too. Yet, with proper thinning, apples are large and tasty, and good also for processing.

Submitted on: 20/06/2019