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World’s first hot climate apple 

Tue 21/02/2023 by Richard Wilkinson

Following twenty years of breeding and scientific development, Tutti™, the world’s first specifically bred hot climate tolerant apple variety, was commercially launched at the Berlin Fruit Logistica trade show. Tutti™, which for the last five years has undergone extensive research and growing trials under its variety name of ‘HOT84A1’, is the first apple brand to be commercially released from the Hot Climate Partnership. Morgan Rogers, VentureFruit’s™ General Manager, said Tutti™ is a stand-out apple which meets both grower and consumer needs. 

“With the world’s climate changing, it’s vital innovative new varieties are developed to withstand high temperatures and enable growers across all major continents to adapt and have sustainable businesses, while providing consumers with great tasting apples – and that’s what Tutti™ delivers,” said Morgan. “In Spain, challenging growing conditions of extreme day time temperatures of over 40 degrees, combined with warmer nights, is making it difficult to grow apples. Tutti™ solves this challenge. It has been specifically bred to grow in hot conditions and produce a deliciously light crisp apple, with bright red skin and a rounded sweet fresh flavour. Tutti™ also grows successfully in different growing conditions, having been tested throughout Europe, including Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. With today’s commercial launch of the variety, we now invite interested parties from across Europe to submit their interest in being a Tutti™ licence holder and growing this innovative new apple variety.” 

Initiated in 2002 in response to the challenges experienced by Spanish growers, the Hot Climate Partnership is a collaboration between Spain’s Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research, Catalonian fruit producers association Fruit Futur, and T&G Global’s genetics and variety management business, VentureFruit™, who are responsible for the commercialisation and licensing of new varieties from the Partnership.

 

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