Why you should be excited
Mariborka is a 20th century fresh-eating apple bred from Jonathan and Golden Pearmain.
The story of Mariborka
Yes, we even grow apples that originated in Slovenia.
And, in this case, we do so with considerable enthusiasm, as Mariborka comes with endorsements from many folks who have found it to be plenty worthwhile as a fresh-eating apple.
The best attribute of this variety -- as it should be -- is the flavour, which has been described as strong, honeyed and aromatic.
As a late bloomer, Mariborka also avoids frost damage quite nicely, a significant advantage in growing areas that are susceptible to those surprise late frosts.
It's also an eye-catchingly attractive apple, topping off a list of winner characteristics. And you don't even need to travel to Slovenia to try one.
Raised in Moribor, Slovenia, 1949; named in 1961.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The crisp and juicy deep-cream coloured flesh is aromatic, with a strong, robust flavour that's rich and honeyed.
This eye-catching apple is flattish and slightly irregular in shape, with a bright red flush over its green background.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider.
Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).