The harvest of the new apple variety Snow has just ended in the Mesfruits orchards and those of its partner producers. The production is located in the Provence, Alps, and in the southwest, over a surface area of 15 hectares of young orchards. 50 tons have been harvested. Despite the rainy conditions during the harvest, the coloration is satisfactory and the fruits are resistant to blows.
“Agronomically, the turnover with the producers is very good,” reports Hugo Mestre from Mesfruits. “They all agree that this apple is easy to produce. It is tolerant to scab (fungal disease), does not require any chemical thinning on the flower, manual thinning on the fruits and needs only very little pruning during the first years. Finally, it is harvested all at once thanks to its easy coloration. This limits the use of agricultural machinery in the Snow orchards, which reduces CO2 emissions by 30%. All these agronomic advantages make it a societal and sustainable apple.”
“Regarding the fruits, the caliber is sustained with a nice intense red coloration. Inside, the flesh is very white and oxidizes slowly. The fruit is sweet, crunchy and juicy with a good balance of sugar and acidity.”
At the European scale, the Snow apple is produced in Italy, Switzerland, Serbia and France. This year, the total production will reach 17,000 tons.