One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A New Zealand dessert apple of a variety with red and yellow skin.
- ‘There are only eleven varieties on the international market which are well known: Royal Gala, Mondial Gala, Fuji, Red Burn, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Elstar, Idared, Melrose, Canada Gris, Belle de Boskoop.’
- ‘When I visited they were packing Royal Gala for the supermarket, who had specified that the apples should be 60% red and above a certain diameter, measured to the nearest millimetre.’
- ‘The orchard has been planted with just half a dozen favoured varieties, the ones that sell well Cox, Braeburn, Royal Gala and one or two experimental ones, including one from China.’
- ‘Royal gala, the first variety to be picked, are now fetching growers up to $3/kg in Brisbane and Sydney markets and retailing at special prices below $4.’
- ‘The Royal Gala and the Jon-a-Gold are still the top two rated apples in my orchard.’
1960s: originally Gala, but renamed following a visit by Queen Elizabeth II, who was impressed by this variety.
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