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Robustikose® Vesuviana Rossa

The red Robustikose® with a peach flavour

Robustikose® Vesuviana Rossa


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Product information "Robustikose® Vesuviana Rossa"

The Vesuvian Robustikose® has the most beautiful red colour of all the Robustikosen®. At the time of maturity, the relatively large, up to 30-35 g fruits have a wonderful, dark red colour: a warm red, somewhat dampened by the velvety fruit skin, which has a very fine hairy structure like the skin of an apricot. The shape of the fruit is roundish, sometimes very slightly high-built, with a hint of an apricot groove, however this is almost unrecognisable.
As with all Robustikosen®, the visual recognition of the fruit ripeness is relatively difficult. A first and most important indication is certain, if the yellow-red of the fruit turns to a dark red colour, then soon the fruit will slightly give way to the pressure of the thumb (meaning it is then ready to eat) and approximately one week later the fruits will likely fall to the ground. We recommend harvesting the fruits for fresh enjoyment a few days after the colour changes to dark red, and at best the fruit should be left to ripen in the fruit bowl. If you would like to process the fruits, you can also shake the tree when 2/3 of the fruits are dark red in colour. If you put plastic or a cloth/blanket under the tree, the fruits can be collected easily.

Origin of Robustikose® Vesuviana Rossa

The Robustikose® Vesuviana Rossa is an ancient Italian variety that has been cultivated as Biricoccolo for centuries in Italy, in the Vesuvius area and in the Bologna area. We tested several Italian Biricoccoli strains and compared them to our breeding based on Eastern European black apricots. Basically, the Italian origins are rather larger and have a lighter, redder colour, while the Eastern European genetics is dark and usually slightly smaller.

Flavour and use

The taste of a ripe Robustikose® Vesuviana Rossa is excellent and introduces a new flavour component among the Robustikosen®: in addition to cherry plum and apricot, the peach flavour appears prominently, which almost dominates the aroma of the ripe fruit. This Robustikosen® is also very suitable as a snack fruit, but can of course also be used for jams, jellies and other recipes. Especially the jam, made with as little sugar as possible, brings out the fine and unique aroma with hints of peach extremely well.

Short description of Robustikose® Vesuviana Rossa

Harvest: Early to mid-July, a variety with medium maturity
Fruits: Roundish, sometimes slightly higher built, has a warm, dark red colour, velvety, very slight hint of an apricot groove
Flavour: Distinct peach flavours that dominate the fresh enjoyment and are still noticeable in jams
Growth/health: Beautifully branched, broad habit, the shoots and leaves are reminiscent of apricots, very healthy; the shoots do not die back
Pollination: We recommend planting two varieties for more yield, so together with the early-ripening varieties Promessa di Giugno or Campanere; can also be pollinated with apricots if the flowering time overlaps; Robustikosen® bloom a little later than apricots.
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period June
  • Final height 2m to 3m
  • Final width 140cm to 160cm
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Sweetness sweet
  • Use as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • Leaf Colour green

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