The Folke apple, one of four new varieties developed in Sweden. Photo: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet.
The Folke apple, one of four new varieties developed in Sweden. Photo: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet.

New apples for the picking in Sweden

Four new apple varieties have been developed by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and will be ripe for the picking by the public next year.

Swedish Radio's local channel in Kristianstad said developing and breeding the fruit has taken 20 years. The new varieties named Agnes, Lovisa, Trulsa and Folke are now registered with the nation's Board of Agriculture.

Professor Hilde Nybom at the department of plant breeding said enough trees should be available to anyone who wants to buy and grow the new apples.

She adds that the newer varieties will be easier to grow without the use of pesticides.

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