Presenting Denmark's tastiest apple, but few have tried it
âThe apple just tastes so good! There is so much aroma and freshness in it,â Bo Stampe, an apple enthusiast and professional based in RÃ¸dding, told DR.
For Stampe there is nothing quite like the pleasure of eating a âFilippaâ apple, but sadly only a chosen few get to experience it.
Regarded by many as the countryâs tastiest apple, it is a poor match for modern consumerism and is seldom sold in Danish shops.
18 gene banks all accross Denmark
Stampe works at âNoahâs Arkâ RÃ¸dding, one of 18 gene banks spread across Denmark that belong to the University of Copenhagen.
He helps to both preserve rare apple varieties like âFilippa â as well as produce fruit and plants for research at the university and the Nordic gene bank.
The âproblem childâ of pome fruits
He and his colleagues have their work cut out for them: this special kind of apple variety is the âproblem childâ of all pome fruits, as itâs not suitable for commercial sale.
Its fragile physique just doesnât fit the current conditions provided in the greenhouses favoured by Danish supermarkets.
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According to Stampe, the trees canât be trimmed or else they would stop growing. At the same time, its branches are so thin they could easily break and the apples fall off. And if this wasnât enough already, the apples donât mature simultaneously and require a long period of time.
Working for whatâs yet to come
âWe do not know what the apples of the future will be like,â said Stampe. âMaybe, we will use them for completely different things.â
Therefore, the genetic banksâ main priority at the moment is grooming varieties like âFilippaâ for what might await them in the unknown future.Source: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark