Opal (apple)

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FruitSelect 'Opal'
Hybrid parentage Golden Delicious x Topaz
Cultivar 'Opal'
Origin Czech Republic

Opal is the brand name for a variety of apple produced by crossing Golden Delicious with Topaz.[1] Developed by the Institute of Experimental Botany in Prague and FruitSelect in 1999,[2] it is grown by Broetje Orchards in Washington and marketed by the First Fruits company.[3][4][5] It is also cultivated in Austria, the Netherlands and France.[6] Opal is a varietal cultivar accepted under UEB 3264/2 by the Community Plant Variety Office of the European Union.[7]


  1. ^ "INNOVATION is MADE BY NATURE". fruit select s.r.o. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "OPAL Information". Institute of Experimental Botany. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Opal® Brand Apple Makes a Difference with Katie’s Krops". Yakima, WA: Haggen. January 11, 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Apple growers marketing tasty new varieties". WCF Courier. October 20, 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "US: Popularity of Opal apple continues to grow". The Global Fruit. Nov 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Brown, S.K.; Maloney, K. E. (Fall 2009). "Making Sense of New Apple Varieties, Trademarks and Clubs: Current Status". New York Fruit Quarterly (Geneva, NY: Department of Horticultural Sciences, Cornell University) 17 (3): 11. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  7. ^ "Certificate on the grant of Community Plant Variety Rights". Institute of Experimental Botany. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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