The first apple cultivar released from the WSU apple breeding program is ‘WA 2’, now known as Sunrise Magic®. A cross between a Splendour and Gala, the Sunrise Magic® apple has a crisp, sweet flavor with a moderate amount of acidity.
Sunrise Magic® is an attractive apple with an orange-red to pinkish-red blush (70-90% of the skin surface) over a yellow background and has large and conspicuous lenticels which usually make it easily distinguishable from other cultivars. The fruit’s shape is round and its size is medium/large; it is usually larger than ‘Gala’, comparable to ‘Braeburn’ and smaller than ‘Fuji’. The fruit has outstanding texture, being very firm, crisp and juicy. This variety loses very little firmness in storage and on the shelf. Sunrise Magic® is ready for harvest in late September and early October.
- Late September to early October harvest
- Medium fruit size, round
- Attractive coloring
- Bright pinkish/red
- Conspicuous lenticels
- Excellent texture – crisp, juicy and very firm
- Balanced flavor – sweet with moderate acidity
- Very high sensory/consumer ratings
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