Table Grape "Königliche Esther"

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Table grape "Esther" - 10 cent piece for size reference

Availability / Price

Available from March, bare rooted.

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Characteristics

"Esther" is a fungus-tolerant Hungarian variety bred from "Eger 2" x "Magaracsi Esemege." The comparatively very early maturation makes it also suitable for less ideal positions (North Germany, high altitudes, open land with partial shade etc). A rather sheltered position is beneficial, as it is slightly susceptible to "shatter" and poor fruit set. Blazing red autumn foliage! This grape has an excellent mild taste and very few pips, indeed is regarded as almost pip- or seedless. However, this pleasant taste and the early maturation are also appreciated by wasps.. Growth is of medium vigour, and "Esther" is highly frost-hardy.

Grapes

from 2nd or 3rd year, 10-20cm long, clearly "shouldered"

Berries

dark blue, 1.5 to 2.0cm, mild and very balanced flavour, crunchy, extremely few pips (0-1 pip, rarely 2 per berry), the smaller berries within the grape are usually free of pips.

Ripeness for consumption

very early, usually from end of August

NOTE

"Esther" is a registered variety, propagation is prohibited!