Black currant Arapka
Black currant Arapka belongs to the medium-ripening varieties. He was bred in a scientific research institute dedicated to fruit crops. The crossing of Belorusskaya Sweet and Sunderbyun was tested, and the Exotic variety was also used in the crossing. The authors consider T. Ogoltsova, S. Knyazev, A, Nikolaev. Since 2006, the Arapka currant variety has been in the state register.
Black currant Arapka: variety description
Black currant Arapka: photo of the variety
Arapka currant bush reaches medium size, shoots are spreading and close to each other. The growing shoot is rather thick, even, straight, not pubescent, green in color. A lignified shoot of medium size, brown-gray color, shiny, with a yellow and dull top. Buds are small, conical, strongly deviate from the shoot, unevenly colored in gray-green color. The upper kidney is in a grouping with several more small buds, it is conical in shape, with a rounded end.
The leaves of the black currant Arapka are five lobed, medium in size, matte, emerald-turquoise in color. The surface of the leaf is wrinkled, with a large number of folds, especially in the middle of the leaf. The plate folds slightly along the central vein. All leaf lobes are pointed, with a large number of veins. The central lobe is the longest; it is located at right angles to the lateral lobes. The basal lobe is poorly expressed. The bases of the leaves have a slight indentation. The edges of the leaf are serrated, the petioles are thick, short, firmly attached to the base of the leaf.
Currant flowers Arapka are small bush, saucer-shaped, pink sepals, they are located at a distance. The cluster of berries reaches 8-9 centimeters in length, the berries are unevenly distributed.
Characteristics and features of the Arapka variety
The fruits are quite large, on average 1.4 grams, sometimes reaching up to 1.8 grams. The berries are oval in shape with a smooth skin. The separation is dry, inside the pulp there are a small amount of white seeds. The cups are closed, the stalks are long, thick, with anthocyanin, with a small amount of fluff.
Arapka currant berries taste sweet and sour, experts estimate it at 8.6 points. The berries of the bush have a pronounced, pleasant aroma. Berries can be used fresh or in preserves, conservation.
In terms of chemical composition, the fruits contain natural sugars 9%, titratable acids 3%, vitamin C 3%, dry matter 12%, pectin 4%.
Black currant Arapka: reviews of gardeners about the variety
- Mikhail Mikhailovich, Moscow region: “For me, the most important advantage, thanks to which I will not stop growing the black currant variety Arapka, can be picked by mechanized harvesting, since they have a dense skin, which in turn is protected by a wax coating. This makes harvesting much easier. Well, it should be noted that the black currant Arapka is resistant to such an unpleasant disease as white spot. "
- Alexandra Igorevna, Sverdlovsk region: “I do not really like and not very comfortable that the berries of the black currant Arapka ripen unevenly. For a person who has the opportunity to appear on his garden plot once a week, this is not very convenient. But the rest of the variety suits me. So, the black currant Arapka is capable of self-pollination, that is, it does not need to grow other currant varieties nearby. In addition, the Arapka currant variety is frost-resistant ”.