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The Civni apple, marketed as “Rubens“, is a bi-colored apple cultivar. It was first developed in 1985 as a cross of Gala and Elstar apples by the Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV), an Italian apple growers’ consortium from Ferrara.[1] They have been granted a patent on the Civni variety in 2003 [2].

The apple has a striking, striped or solid light red color. Its taste is sweet like that of Gala, but more aromatic; its texture is more solid and crunchy than that of Elstar.[1]

As of 2007, the apple was grown on about a million trees in Europe, as well as in Chile, South Africa and the United States. It has a yield of between 80-100 tonnes per hectare.[3]

The Civni cultivar is not to be confused with the Dutch “Rubens” apple, which is a cross of Cox’s Orange Pippin and Reinette étoilée.[4]

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