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Eldorado








(Labrusca, Vinifera)


The fruit of Eldorado is delicately flavored, with a distinct aroma
and taste and ripens about with that of Moore Early--a time when there
are few other good white grapes. The vines inherit most of the good
qualities of Concord, one of its parents, excepting ability to set
large crops. Even with cross-pollination, Eldorado sometimes fails to
bear and is not worth growing unless planted in a mixed vineyard. The
clusters are so often small and straggling under the best conditions
that the variety cannot be recommended highly to the amateur; yet its
delightful flavor and its earliness commend it. J. H. Ricketts,
Newburgh, New York, grew Eldorado about 1870 from seed of Concord
fertilized by Allen's Hybrid.

Vine vigorous, hardy, an uncertain bearer. Canes long, few, thick,
flattened, bright reddish-brown; nodes enlarged, flattened;
tendrils intermittent, rarely continuous, bifid or trifid. Leaves
large to medium, irregularly round, dark green; upper surface
rugose on older leaves; lower surface tinged with brown,
pubescent; lobes wanting or faintly three; petiolar sinus deep;
teeth shallow. Flowers self-sterile, open late; stamens reflexed.

Fruit early, keeps well. Clusters do not always set perfectly and
are variable in size, frequently single-shouldered; pedicel short,
slender, smooth; brush short, yellow. Berries large, round,
yellowish-green changing to golden yellow, covered with thin
bloom; flesh tender, foxy, sweet, mild, high flavored; good to
very good in quality. Seeds intermediate in size and length,
blunt, yellowish-brown.





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