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Almonds varieties Masbovera

  • Synonym (IRTA almond cultivar breeding programme): “A-200”.
  • Origin: seedling derived from the cross “Primorskiy” x “Cristomorto”, made in 1975 at Mas de Bover (Constantí, Tarragona).
  • Protected cultivar: Plant Variety Rights granted to IRTA by MAPA (Spain) in 1992. Nº POV 874 (BOE 25-01-1992).


Pomological traits

  • Tree vigour: very vigorous. Its vigour allows to maintain an optimum balance between production and vegetative growth.
  • Foliage density: dense.
  • Growth habit: medium-upright.
  • Branching density: medium.
  • Training and pruning: very easy.
  • Nuts location: mainly on spurs but also on brindles and on one-year old shoots spurs, one shoots.
  • Blooming time: late (similar to “Ferragnès”). At Mas de Bover 28 days after “Desmayo Largueta” (average of 12 years observations).
  • S compatibility genotipe: S1S9.
  • Pollination: Cross-pollination needed.
  • Pollinators: “Glorieta”, “Francolí”, “Ferragnès”, etc.
  • Blooming density: high.
  • Length of blooming: medium.
  • Bearing precocity: mid.
  • Cropping capacity: high-very high.
  • Cropping regularity: good. Low alternate bearing.
  • Drought tolerance: outstanding. It grows well under rainfed conditions.
  • “Fusicoccum” (Phomopsis amygdali Del.) tolerance: very tolerant.
  • “Red leaf blotch”(Polystigma ochraceum Whal.)tolerance: medium.
  • Harvesting season: mid (first days of September at Mas de Bover).
  • Harvesting ease: good. At maturity nuts keep attached to their branches and, when shaking, they drop easily.
  • Husking ease: good. The husk is separated easily from the shell.


Commercial traits

  • Nut shape: elliptic and sharp-pointed.
  • Kernel size: rather big(1,35 g).
  • Shelling percentage: 28 %.
  • Shell texture: hard.
  • Double kernels: without doubles (0,4 %).
  • Kernel appearance: attractive. Skin smooth, medium thickness.
  • Blanched kernel composition: oil: 54,9 %; protein: 23,0 %; soluble sugars: 2,7 %; total fiber: 7,8 %; water: 4,4 %.


Global assessment

“Masbovera” shows a number of interesting traits: strong vigour, easy training and pruning, late blooming, high productivity, kernel quality and drought and “fusicoccum” tolerance.

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