Gala - also Royal Gala


Raised by J.H. Kidd inGreytown, New Zealand in 1934, Kidd’s Orange Red x Golden Delicious.  Named in 1965.

Medium size. Oblong/conical. Narrow but distinct ribs, five crowned.  Well rounded but flattened at base.
Green yellow almost completely flushed crimson red, covered by short, spotted, brighter crimson stripes. (described in The New Book of Apples as orange red, red stripes over gold)
Skin smooth, slightly greasy when stored.
Lenticels noticeable as grey russet dots.  Sometimes patches of grey russet on surface.

Cavity deep, can have small amount of russet, occasionally lipped.
Stalk long, fairly thin, well above cavity and to one side.
Basin deep and ribbed and puckered.,
Eye closed or part open.
Sepals long and broad based
Flesh creamy crisp with sweet flavour.  Loses flavour when kept.

Tube funnel, Stamens median, Core axile, sometimes slightly open

Tree moderate vigour and spreading

Flowering two days after Cox’s Orange Pippin with Spartan and Ellison’s Orange.  Pollination group D

Season : October to January